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Maʿbad b. Wahb
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, Abū ʿAbbād , one of the great singers and composers in Umayyad times, was born in Medina and died at Damascus in 125/743 or 126/744. Being the son of a negro, he was an ʿabd and later on became mawlā of one of the Mak̲h̲zūm families, serving them as overseer of their cattle. Like many other oriental musicians, he is said to have been led to music by a dream, and he took music lessons from Sāʾib K̲h̲āt̲h̲ir and Nas̲h̲īṭ. He soon made a name for himself in Medina and followed invitations to sing at Mecca, where Ibn Surayd̲j̲ set the f…

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Farmer, H.G. and Neubauer, E, “Maʿbad b. Wahb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4720>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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