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Ibn Jāmiʿ
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Ismāʿīl Ibn Jāmiʿ (fl. late second/eighth century), born in Mecca, came from a noble family related to the Quraysh tribe. He was pious and knew the Qurʾān by heart. His mother married Siyāṭ (d. c.169/785), the singer and composer from whom Ibn Jāmiʿ learned his craft. He also learned from Yaḥyā l-Makkī (d. c.218/833).

Ibn Jāmiʿ was poor and he left Mecca for Medina in search of a better life. From Medina Ibn Jāmiʿ later moved to Baghdad where he was strongly reprimanded by the caliph al-Mahdī (r. 158–69/775–85) for singing, together with Ibrāhīm al…

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Sawa, George Dimitri, “Ibn Jāmiʿ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30837>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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