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  • Kitab al-Musiqa al-Kabir is a treatise on music in Arabic by the Persian scientist al-Farabi. The work prescribes different aspects of music such as maqamat, and is believed to be influenced by the Pythagorean theory of harmonic ratios. According to Seyyed Hossein Nasir and Mehdi Aminrazavi: Morever, he was a master of music theory; his Kitab al-Musiqa al-Kabir, known in the West as a book on Arabic music, is in reality a study of the theory of Persian music of his day as well as presenting certain great philosophical principle about music, its cosmic qualities, and its influence on the soul. The book was translated into Hebrew by Joseph ben Judah ibn Aknin. Wikipedia

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