Aḥmad b. Ṭūlūn
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, founder of the Ṭūlūnid [q.v.] dynasty, the first Muslim governor of Egypt to annex Syria. Vassal in name only of the ʿAbbāsid caliph, he is a typical example of the Turkish slaves who from the time of Hārūn al-Ras̲h̲īd were enlisted in the private service of the caliph and the principal officers of state, and whose ambition and spirit of intrigue and independance were soon to make them the real masters of Islam. Aḥmad’s father Ṭūlūn is said to have been included in the tribute sent by the governor …

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Hassan, Zaky M., “Aḥmad b. Ṭūlūn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0398>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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