The habbān (or hibbān[1]) is a type of bagpipe used in the southern coast of Persian Gulf. The term habbān (حبان) is one of several Arabic terms for the bagpipes. The term may be drawn from Hanbān (هنبان), the Persian word for "bag."[2]. In Kuwait, the term habban refers to the traditional Bedouin bagpipe[3]

While the term itself is generic, in Oman the habban is more specifically a variant of the Great Highland bagpipe which has been incorporated into local music [4].

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  1. Stanley Sadie. The New Grove dictionary of musical instruments. Macmillan Press, 1984. 0943818052, 9780943818054
  2. Hurreiz, Sayed Hamid A. Folklore and folklife in the United Arab Emirates. RoutledgeCurzon 2002. ISBN 978-0700714131
  3. Dipiazza, Francesca Davis. Kuwait in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books (CT), 2006. ISBN 978-0822565895.
  4. Oman Centre for Traditional Music