See also:ILI (742-804), Arabian
See also:singer, was
See also:born of Persian parents settled in
See also:Kufa . In his early years his parents died and he was trained by an
See also:uncle . Singing, not study, attracted him, and at the age of twenty-three he fled to
See also:Mosul, where he joined a
See also:band of
See also:wild youths . After a
See also:year he went to Rai (Rei, Rhagae), where he met an
See also:ambassador of the
See also:caliph Mansur, who enabled him to come to Basra and take singing lessons . His fame as a singer spread, and the caliph
See also:Mandi brought him to the
See also:court . There he remained a favourite under Hadi, while
See also:Harun al-Rashid kept him always with him until his
See also:death, when he ordered his son (Ma'mun) to say the prayer over his
See also:corpse . Ibrahim, as might be expected, was no strict Moslem . Two or three times he was knouted and imprisoned for excess in
See also:wine-drinking, but was always taken into favour again . His
See also:powers of
See also:song were far beyond anything else known at the
See also:time . Two of his pupils, his son Ishaq and Muhariq, attained celebrity after him . See the Preface to W . Ahlwardt's
See also:Abu Nowas (Greifswald, 1861), pp .
13-18, and the many stories of his
See also:life in the Kitab ul-Aghani, V . 2-49 . (G . W .
IBRAHIM PASHA (1789–1848)
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