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A rababah (rah-BAH-bah) was a strange stringed Zakharan instrument.[1]


The rababah was a single-stringed instrument that consisted of a rectangular soundbox from which rose a thin neck. The base of the rababah was covered with horse or goat hide. The string was attached to a movable post located at the top of the neck. A horsehair bow was used on the string while moving the post up or down, creating a beautiful melodic tone.[1]


The rababah was the traditional instrument of choice among the nomadic Al-Badia tribes of Zakhara.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 84–88.

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