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ʿAlī b. ʿAbdallāh b. Sayf Abū l-Ḥasan (d. 236/850–1), known as ʿAllūya (ʿAllawayh), was a famous court singer of the early ʿAbbāsid era who performed for caliphs from al-Amīn (r. 193–8/809–13) to al-Mutawakkil (r. 232–47/847–61). He was a mawlā (client) of the ʿAbbāsids, whereas his grandfather, originally from Sughd (in present-day Tajikistan), was a freed slave of the Umayyads. He was a student of Ibrāhīm al-Mawṣilī (d. 188/804), whose son Isḥāq (d. 235/850) took his side against his rival Mukhāriq (d. 231/845 or 232/846). Isḥāq p…

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Sawa, George Dimitri, “ʿAllūya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23839>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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