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Ṭabl K̲h̲āna
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(Naḳḳār Ḵh̲āna, Naḳḳāra Ḵh̲āna, Nawba Ḵh̲āna),literally the “Drum House”, “Kettledrum House”, “Military Band House”, is the name given in Islāmic lands to the military band and its quarters in camp or town. These names are derived from the drums (ṭabl, naḳḳāra) which formed the chief instruments of the military band, and from the name given to the special type of music (nawba) performed by this band. Originally the naḳḳāra k̲h̲āna or ṭabl k̲h̲āna consisted of drums only, and in some instances of particular kinds of drums. This we know from several authorities. Ibn T…

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Farmer, H. G., “Ṭabl K̲h̲āna”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5854>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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