Kitab al-Aghani

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Kitab al-Aghani

(kētäb` äl-ägänē`) [Arab.,=book of songs], collection of poems in many volumes compiled by Abu al-Faraj Ali of EsfahanAbu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan
, 897–967, Arabic scholar from Iran. He is mainly known for his invaluable Kitab al-Aghani (book of songs), which provides detailed information about the culture and social life of medieval Islam.
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. It contains poems from the oldest epoch of Arabic literature down to the 9th cent. The poems were put to music, but the musical signs are no longer readable. Because of the accompanying biographical annotations on the authors and composers, the work is an important historical source.
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Kitab Al-Aghani


(Book of Songs), an Arabic anthology in 20 volumes compiled by Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani (A.D. 897–967).

The Kitab al-Aghani contains 100 songs of famous poets with the music of Ibrahim al-Mawsili, Ismail ibn-Jami, and Fulaikh ibn al-Awra. These are accompanied by detailed commentary on the poets, composers, and famous singers of the time. The anthology is an invaluable source for the study of Arabic literary and cultural history before the tenth century A.D.


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Musical and Socio-Cultural Anecdotes from Kitab al-Aghani al-Kabir: Annotated Translations and Commentaries
Hilary Kilpatrick's study of Kitab al-Aghani (Making the Great Book of Songs) (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) is an authorative study that tends toward schematic description, which is perhaps to be expected in the case of such a very large work.
Directly in front of me, there was a bookshelf in the wall that held books such as Jam'al Jawami', Shams al-'Ulum, Kitab al-Aghani, Fathul Buldan, Awjaz ul-Masalik, Tafsir Rouh ul-Bayuan and al-Tajrid.
Kitab al-aghani ("The Book of Songs"), his major work, contains songs, biographical details (or data), and much information concerning the life and customs of the early Arabs and of the Muslim Arabs of the Umayyad period (661-750) and the subsequent `Abbasid period (which lasted from 750 to 1258).
(79.) Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani, Kitab al-Aghani, ed.
An Arabic Musical and Socio-Cultural Glossary of Kitab al-Aghani
For the early Abbasid period he consulted literary sources, of which the Kitab al-Aghani by Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani (d.
A century later, in Kitab al-Aghani, certain disabilities are used as nicknames to describe poets.
Yazid, namely, al-Tabari's Ta'rikh al-rusul wa-l-muluk, al-Baladhuri's Ansab al-ashraf, and Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani's Kitab al-Aghani, present slightly different images of al-Walid.
327/937), and the Kitab al-Aghani by Abu 1-Faraj al-Isfahani (d.
On Yemeni to al-Hirah trade, see al-Isfahani, Kitab al-Aghani (Cairo: Dar al-Kutub al-Misriyah, 1927-74), 12: 57, 17: 319ff., 19: 75, 22: 57.