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(a.), a word belonging to the vocabulary of stock-breeders and designating the product of a crossing ( tawlīd ) of two different animal breeds, thus a hybrid, of mixed blood. It is hardly surprising that it was extended to humans from the time when the feeling arose that the purity of the Arab race had been altered following the conquests, the influx of elements of other stocks and mixed marriages. In a more limited sense, muwallad designates a cross-breed, half-caste or even, as Dozy states (Suppl., s.v.) “one who, without being of Arab origin, has been born among the Arabs an…

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Ed., Chalmeta, P. and W.F. Heinrichs, “Muwallad”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0825>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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