When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Muḥammad bir Marṭayf

Muḥammad bir Marṭayf is a judge (Ar. qāḍī) living in Qishn and a close friend of ʿAbd al-Saʿīd bir ʿAfrār. Muḥammad knew a significant number of Arabic and Mahri poems by heart (both occasional and sentimental) and was a well-regarded poet in his own right. In addition, Muḥammad was willing to sing Mahri poetry.

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