Young boy or slave; pl. ghilman. Associated with the system of military organization in the second half of the tenth and first half of the eleventh centuries. Ghilman were generally Turkish in origin, fought in bands, and demanded high pay for their services. Used by Fatimids, Buwayhids, and lesser societies of the Muslim world.
See also Abd
Subjects: Islam — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).