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Kuweiti, Salah and Daud, al-
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The brothers Dā’ūd (1910–1976) and Ṣalāḥ (1908–1986) al-Kuweiti (al-Kuwaytī) were born in the Sūq al-Yahūd (Ar. Jewish quarter) of Kuwait City to a family of Iraqi Jewish origin. When Ṣalāḥ was ten years old and his brother was eight, they were given a violin and an ʿūd (Ar. oud) by their uncle and began studying music. Their talent was soon evident, and they quickly became prodigies on the Kuwaiti music scene. Ṣalāḥ began to compose in the Kuwaiti ṣawt (Ar. voice) style, a genre of popular instrumental music that accompanies men’s dances in the Persian Gulf area, while D…

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Edwin Seroussi, “Kuweiti, Salah and Daud, al-”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0001520>
First published online: 2010

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