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Fatā
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, pl. fityān , strictly “young man”, has assumed a certain number of meanings in Arabic [see futuwwa ]: here we confine ourselves to one exclusively Andalusian usage. In Muslim Spain the slaves, whether eunuchs or not, employed in the service of the prince and his household, and then of the ḥād̲j̲ib [q.v.] at the time when the latter was in practice taking over the reins of power, were in fact called g̲h̲ilmān (sing, g̲h̲ulām [q.v.]), whilst those who held an elevated rank in the palace hierarchy bore the title fatā , the entire management of the household being placed under the cont…

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Ed., “Fatā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2318>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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