Book/Printed Material The Book of Songs.
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- The Book of Songs.
- Abu Al-Faraj Al-Isbahani (or Al-Isfahani, 897--967 AD) was a literary scholar, poet, and genealogist who was born in Isfahan, in present-day Iran, but lived much of his life in Baghdad and Aleppo. Kitab al-Aghani (The book of songs) is often considered his masterpiece. A dozen or more other works by him are known. Most of them describe the indulgent social life of his times, a topical choice that prompted considerable criticism especially from clerics, some of whom went as far as to question his scholarly rigor and authenticity. Al-Isbahani named his work The Book of Songs because he based it primarily on 100 songs, originally selected by renowned musician and singer Ibrahim Al-Mosili, to be sung for his patrons, the Abbasid caliphs Harun Al-Rashid and Al-Wathiq. It was said that it took Al-Isbahani 50 years to complete the book, before he dedicated it to Seif ud-Dawla, the emir of Aleppo. The book consists of three parts: a selection of songs that Al-Mosili performed for his caliph patrons, stories of caliphs and their relatives who composed song melodies, and other songs of Al-Isbahani's own selection.
- Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣbahānī, 897 or 8-967 Author.
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- Cairo : Dar Al-Kutub Press, [1927 to 1938]
- - Iran, Islamic Republic of
- - Iraq
- - Syrian Arab Republic
- - 897 to 967
- - Caliphs
- - Musicians
- - Songs, Arabic
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: Volumes 1-4 and 6-11.
- - Original resource at: Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
- - Content in Arabic.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
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Abū Al-Faraj Al-Iṣbahānī, 897 Or 8-967 Author. The Book of Songs. [Cairo: Dar Al-Kutub Press, to 1938, 1927] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666165/.
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Abū Al-Faraj Al-Iṣbahānī, 8. O. 8. A. (1927) The Book of Songs. [Cairo: Dar Al-Kutub Press, to 1938] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666165/.
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Abū Al-Faraj Al-Iṣbahānī, 897 Or 8-967 Author. The Book of Songs. [Cairo: Dar Al-Kutub Press, to 1938, 1927] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666165/>.