Historical Accounts of Oud RSS

The Aloes of Es-Sinf (الصنف)

Did you know that the Aloes of Es-Sinf (الصنف) were very popular among the Arabs? Learn about it here.. In the medieval period, Sinfi aloes (also known as Sanfi aloes) were very popular in the lands of Arabs and it came from the place called Es-Sinf /Es-Sanf(الصنف). Sinf is identified with Champa which was a collection of independent polities that extended across the coast of what is today central and southern Vietnam. Some of the historians mention the Sinfi aloes with great fondness like for example Ya‘qubi (9th century Geographer) refers to few traders who hold that ‘Sanfi aloe is better than Qaqulli aloe, and it has more delicious fragrance, clinging and safe from attracting others by its odor’. And...

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The Story of Aloeswood of Ubayd-Allah

One of the envoys of the Abbasid caliph embarks upon a journey to India to bring for him the Indian aloeswood. But the turn of events brings a twist in the story... Indeed one of the aspect of oud is that it transcended all human races and cultures, cut across all geographical boundaries to weave its magic and charm upon all throughout the recorded history! Even though the trees of agarwood grow in the far east, yet we find it being mentioned by ancient Egyptians and the Greeks, Romans, Persians and the Arabs for its fragrance, medicinal use, health benefits and therapeutic properties. Indeed it was one of the most sought after commodity by various societies and empires in trade with...

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