Qa'nun, qanoun, kanoun, santur, cymbalon, cimbalon, hakkebordName: qanoun
According a legend it was created by Ibn Al-Farabi, an philosopher born in the small village Wasij near Farab in Turkistan in 870. Al-Farabi wrote a lot on the theory of Arab and Persian classical music (his parents were Persian) and had an remarkable approach on how music laws where constructed. Al Farabi died in 950 in Damascus. Abu al Nasr al Farabi invented and played several instruments. This great scientist mastered his instruments and music so well that he could make people laugh or weep at will. Early 16th century Persian miniatures showed a plucked instrument resembling the qanun.