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Badr al-Dīn Luʾluʾ
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Al-Malik al-Raḥīm Badr al-Dīn Abū l-Faḍāʾil Luʾluʾ (d. 657/1259) was a military slave (mamlūk) and freedman (mawlā) of the last Zangids of Mosul; he ruled this principality towards the end of his career. Similar to the Begtigīnids in Ḥarrān and Irbil, Luʾluʾ took advantage of the disintegration of the Zangid realms in al-Jazīra to found a short-lived dynasty. He was most likely of Armenian origin. (Previous authors have assumed, most likely on the basis of his name Luʾluʾ (“pearl”), that he was of sub-Saharan origin; e.g., Cahen.)

Luʾluʾ’s rise to power followed the pattern typica…

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Hirschler, Konrad and Ruggles, D. Fairchild, “Badr al-Dīn Luʾluʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25101>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413481, 2020, 2020-6

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