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English: An ancient stringed instrument, having a body either pear-shaped or boat-shaped and the characteristics of vaulted back and the absence of neck; also a generic modern Arabic term applied by the Mahommedans of northern Africa to various stringed instruments played with a bow.

Historically, "Rebab" as generic name had sometimes referred to plucked string instruments.[1]
See Category:1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Rebab for an example.

Also, Rebab-style Kemençe (or Kemenche) was historically known in Persia in 13th century (Meragi, c.1400),[1]
and the related instrument in Azerbaijan, Kamança (or Kamancheh), have still kept the similar shape with Rebab.
See also Category:Kemenches and Category:Kamancheh.


  1. a b Seyma Ersoy. Geleneksel İran Müzik Tarihine Genel Bakış (in Turkey).
    (In English: "Kemançe (Kemançe) ... The name of the instrument varies from region to region. Kamange, Saz-e Kashmir, Caze, and Gicak. This change is seen in connection with the shape. Different versions of the Azerbaijan, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East is seen. ... Rebab: ... This instrument is known to the Arabs and Iranians. Iranians used to play plectrum or manually. According to the Persia literature at the Mevlana Rumi (d.1273) era, Rebab-style Kemençe is still seen as an instrument of a century later (Meragi, c.1400) began to be called kut.")


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