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A wasla (Arabic: وَصْلَة‎ / ALA-LC: waṣlah; plural وَصَلَات / waṣalāt) is a set of pieces in Arabic music. It comprises eight or more movements such as muwashshah, taqsim, layali, mawwal, qasida, dawr, sama'i, bashraf, dulab, and popular songs.[1]

The term is also used to refer to a segment of Sufi music.[1]


  1. ^ a b Danielson, The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthūm, Arabic song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century, 146.

Other sources[edit]

  • Racy, Ali Jihad (1983). "The Waslah: a Compound Form Principle in Egyptian Music", Arab Studies Quarterly, v. 5, no. 4, pp. 396-403.

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