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A dawr (Arabic: دور or الدور; plural: adwar, أدوار; also spelled dour) is a genre of Arabic vocal music sung in regional or colloquial Arabic. The genre faded in popularity after the 1920s and often used the melismatic technique of ahaat.[1]

The dawr often uses a string of maqamat, moving from one to the other in sequence.

Dawr can also refer to the first section of a muwashshah.

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  1. ^ Racy, Ali Jihad. Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.