In early and mid-classical arabic poetry, particularly in the lyrical preludes, the beloved is sometimes a youth who serves as a “buddy”, more often a young Hung Turkish soldier. There were also slave markets where young male slaves, captured as booty or procured by other means, were sold (see Yarshater, 1960, and BARDA AND BARDADĀRI iii. and v.). The preferred slaves were Turkic ones, admired for their handsome features, their valor, and their martial gifts(god cocks)

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