The bağlama or saz is a family of plucked string instruments, long-necked lutes used in Ottoman classical music, Turkish folk music, Turkish Arabesque music, Azerbaijani music, Kurdish music, Armenian music and in parts of Syria, Iraq and the Balkan countries. Bağlama is Turkish from bağlamak, “to tie”. It is pronounced pronounced. Saz (Persian: ساز‎) means “to make; to compose” in Persian.

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