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(P.), a musical ensemble consisting of combinations of double-reed shawms ( zurna ), trumpets ( boru ), double-headed drum ( ṭabl ), kettledrums ( naḳḳāre , kös ) and metallic percussion instruments. The name (P. "greater") apparently denotes "the greater orchestra". Other terms are: Mehterk̲h̲āne, Ṭabl-k̲h̲āne, Ṭabl-u ʿAlem ("drum and standard"), Mehterān-i Ṭabl-u ʿAlem, Ḏj̲emāʿat-i Mehterān, and Ṭabl-i Āl-i ʿOt̲h̲mān ("Drum of the Ottoman House"). The Ottoman mehter was an analogue of the wind, brass and percussion ensembles used for official, municipal and m…

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Feldman, W., “Mehter”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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