Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, Abū ʿAbbād Maʿbad b. Wahb, was one of the great singers and composers of the early Umaiyad period. He belonged to Madīna and was a client of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Ḳaṭan (cf. Ag̲h̲ānī, i. 19) of the house of Wābiṣa of the Banū Mak̲h̲zūm. He was a half-caste, his father being a negro. In his youth he was an accountant, but having taken music lessons from Sāʾib Ḵh̲āt̲h̲ir, Nas̲h̲īṭ al-Fārisī and Ḏj̲amīla [q. v.] he adopted music as a profession and soon made a name for himself. During the reign of ʿAbd al-Malik (65—86 = 685—705) he …

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Farmer, H. G., “Maʿbad”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_4396>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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