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Nashīṭ was a Persian slave in the service ʿAbdallāh b. Jaʿfar (d. c.85/704), an amateur musician who made his palace a meeting place for artists. Nashīṭ was amongst the prisoners who were captured in the Persian wars and worked as slaves in Medina, and whose Persian melodies attracted much attention. As a result, Arab singers were compelled to learn and imitate Persian songs. Both ʿAzza al-Maylāʾ (d. late first/seventh or early second/eighth century) and Maʿbad (d. c.125/743), two giants of Arab…

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Sawa, George Dimitri, “Nashīṭ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_40850>
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