The habbān (or hibbān[1]) is a type of bagpipe used in the southern coast of Persian Gulf. The term ḥabbān (هبان) is one of several Arabic terms for the bagpipes. The term may be drawn from Hanbān (هنبان), the Persian word for "bag.".[2] In Kuwait, the term habban refers to the traditional Holi (Arabs from the eastern coast of the Persian gulf) bagpipe[3] The habbān is also called the jirbah (جربة).[4]

Habbān (jirbah)
Other namesهبان
Related instruments

While the term itself is generic, in Oman the habban is more specifically a variant of the Great Highland bagpipe which has been incorporated into local music.[5]

See also


  1. Stanley Sadie. The New Grove dictionary of musical instruments. Macmillan Press, 1984. 0943818052, 9780943818054
  2. Hurreiz, Sayed Hamid A. Folklore and folklife in the United Arab Emirates. RoutledgeCurzon 2002. ISBN 978-0-7007-1413-1
  3. Dipiazza, Francesca Davis. Kuwait in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books (CT), 2006. ISBN 978-0-8225-6589-5.
  4. Urkevich, Lisa (2015). Music and traditions of the Arabian Peninsula : Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415888721.
  5. Oman Centre for Traditional Music

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