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Ishaq al-Mawsili (Arabic: ?) (born 150 AH, 767 CE in Rey - died 235 AH, 850 CE in Baghdad) was a Persian musician of the Abbasid court at the time of Harun al-Rashid. He was born into family of musicians from Kufa in Iraq; his father Ibrahim al-Mawsili held the same position before him.
He was also the teacher of the influential Ziryab, and the contemporary of Mukhariq.
- ^ a b "Isq al-Maw?il?." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 23 Sep. 2011. . "Among the finest artists of the period were Ibr?h?m al-Maw?il? and his son Isq. Members of a noble Persian family, they were chief court musicians and close companions of the caliphs H?r?n al-Rash?d and al-Ma?m?n."
- ^ Fatima Mernissi, "The Forgotten Queens of Islam ", University of Minnesota Press, 1997
pg 55: "Ibrahim al-Mawsili and his son were of Persian origin."
- ^ a b c E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936 pg 439:"IBRAHIM AL-MAW§ILI, IBRAHIM B. MA- HAN B. BAHMAN, also known as al-Nadlm al- Mawsili, one of the most celebrated musicians of Arab history, a man of Persian origin, was born at Kufa in 125 (742) and died at Baghdad in 188 (804). "