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A leading music instrument

The name rabaab, (also spelt rubab or rebab) can refer to several roughly similar string instruments. The rabaab is a leading instrument in the music of the Arabs and is played all over the Middle East and North Africa. It gets its name from the Arabic word which means “played with a bow” and, confusingly, often also serves as a generic terms for any string instrument played with a bow. But the rabaab played in central Asia, where the instrument is the mainstay of Pashtun, Tajik, Turkish, Kashmiri, Baluch and Iranian Kurdish classical musicians, is always plucked rather than played with a bow and often has an entirely different construction to the one played in Arab countries. The rabaab is attested from the 7th century CE. It is mentioned in old Persian books, and many Sufi poets mention it in their poems. It is the traditional instrument of Khorasan and is widely used in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as the Xinjiang province of northwest China. The rabaab was the first instrument used by Sikhism……….

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Lion of instruments

Rabaab is short-necked lute carved out of a single piece of wood, the rabaab is known as the “lion of instruments” in Afghanistan where it is one of two principal instruments that form a major component of Afghan classical music and, outside of the country, it is often referred to as the “Kabuli rabaab” (also widely acknowledged as the parent of the Indian sarod) to distinguish it from other versions of the instrument notably the one played in North India.
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