Abu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan

Abu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan (äˈbō äl-färajˈ älēˈ, ĕsfähänˈ) [key], 897–967, Arabic scholar from Iran. He is mainly known for his invaluable Kitab al-Aghani (book of songs), which provides detailed information about the culture and social life of medieval Islam.

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