One of the oldest instruments in the world. Originated in Southern Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq). The Oud dates back to 3,000 BCE during the Akkadian era (2170-2350). In the Akkadian language the Oud is known as (Inu) and (gu de- “gudi”) in Sumerian.
The Oud spread in popularity throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean, Northern and eventually central African regions. Asia, and the Oud and its regional variants went on to become the primary stringed instrument of the Classical world.