Ibn Muhriz

Abu'l-Khattab Muslim ibn Muhriz (fl. 7th–8th centuries – died c. 757), also called Salm and Abdallah,[1] was a well-known musician and singer of Mecca in Arabia.[2] Of Persian origin, Ibn Muhriz was a freedman (mawla) of the Banu Abd al-Dar or Banu Makhzum.[1][2] His father was one of the gatekeepers of the Ka'ba.[1] Ibn Muhriz first studied under Ibn Misdjah and then under Azza al-Mayla.[2] He completed musical education in Iran and Syria.[2] Ibn Muhriz suffered from leprosy, and therefore refrained from appearing much in public.[2] He appears to have been content to have his compositions performed by a slave girl musician.[2] Due to his clinical condition, Ibn Muhriz may have never attended the Umayyad court at Damascus, although a passage written by the 10th-century historian al-Masudi might imply that he was a musician in the retinue of Caliph Al-Walid II (r743–744).[2]


  1. ^ a b c Sawa 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ed. 1971, p. 883.


  • Ed. (1971). "Ibn Muḥriz". In Lewis, B.; Ménage, V. L.; Pellat, Ch. & Schacht, J. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume III: H–Iram. Leiden: E. J. Brill. OCLC 495469525.
  • Sawa, George Dimitri (2018). "Ibn Muḥriz". In Fleet, Kate; Krämer, Gudrun; Matringe, Denis; Nawas, John; Rowson, Everett (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Brill Online. ISSN 1873-9830.