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  • That is what I concluded, too! :)

    July 18, 2007

  • From what I could find out, the oud's name derives from the Arabic for "wood," just as the word "lute" does. The oud may have been so named either because of the strips of wood used to make its body or as a derogatory term relating to proscriptions of all instrumental music in early Islam. The wood used to make ouds is usually non-porous and hard but flexible, such as mahogany and rosewood.

    July 18, 2007

  • Anytime!

    July 18, 2007

  • Thanks for this one, arby. The more I read the Wiki article, the more interesting it got. .

    July 18, 2007

  • That would be a sensible inference, but I don't know it for a fact.

    July 18, 2007

  • So I assume that the oud is made from oude, also known as agarwood?

    July 17, 2007

  • Both agarwood and its resin distillate/extracts are known as Oud in Arabic (literally wood) and used to describe agarwood in nations and areas of Islamic faith. Western perfumers may also use agarwood essential oil under the name "oud" or "oude".

    July 17, 2007