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Mudallal, Ṣabrī
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Ṣabrī Mudallal (also al-Mudallal, Moudallal, c. 1918–2006) was a leading performer of religious and secular song in Aleppo, achieving global fame for his warm and powerful voice and sensitive interpretations of Syrian and Islamic music.

Mudallal had a traditional upbringing, studying Qurʾānic recitation (tajwīd) with Shaykh Aḥmad al-Maṣrī and attending dhikr (ritual invocation of God) ceremonies, where he learned the bases of the Arab modal system (maqāmāt), rhythmic cycles (īqāʾāt), and the vast corpus of Islamic song (inshād dīnī). At a young age he began to serve as a muezzin, gi…

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Shannon, Jonathan H., “Mudallal, Ṣabrī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36570>
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