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date: 25 August 2019

Ibn al-Nadīm [Abū l-Faraj Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq al-Warrāq al-Baghdādī]locked

  • Eckhard Neubauer


[Abū l-Faraj Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq al-Warrāq al-Baghdādī]

(bc930; dc995). Arab bibliographer. He lived in Baghdad, and in 987–8 wrote Kitāb al-fihrist (‘Index of books’), a classified bibliography of Arab literature known to him in his capacity as a copyist and bookseller (warrāq), from libraries and from earlier bibliographies. He listed almost 100 titles from Arab musical literature, giving short biographical notes on the authors and sometimes indications as to the origin and content of the books. Most of these are lost, though some later compilations, such as the Kitāb al-aghānī al-kabīr (‘Great book of songs’) by al-Iṣfahānī, contain fragments of older biographical works on musicians and singers, and collections of song texts. Of particular value is his information about Arabic translations of Greek treatises on music; quotations from these treatises, which are now mostly lost, are also found in Arab musical literature from the early 10th century.

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