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Title:S真f疳 mystics of the Niger desert: S疳d疳 Mahm真d and the hermits of A鮆
Author:Norris, H.T.ISNI
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:Clarendon Press
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
biographies (form)
About person:Mahmu留 al- Baghd畝d疳
Abstract:This book is a study of the evidence that exists to this day in the Niger Republic, and in the adjacent regions of Saharan and non-Saharan Africa, about the life of S疳d疳 Mahm真d al-Baghd畝d疳, who, it is believed, introduced new doctrines of oriental Sufism into the A鮆 massif during the 16th century. He was slain by the then Sultan of the city of Agades, though the Sufi order that he had founded - the Mahm真diyya - survived amongst his Tuareg and non-Tuareg followers. By far the most comprehensive account of his teachings is to be found in the part-seventeenth-century composition, 'Qudwat al-Mutaqid f疳 siyar al-ajw畝d', which was allegedly written by Shaykh Ahmad b. Uw畝yis, a Lamt真na Tuareg, who although a Suhrawardi Sufi, nevertheless became a spokesman for the Mahm真diyya in his age. This book contains the biographical, historical, doctrinal, administrative and catechizing parts of the 'Qudwa'. Around it the author has built 'chapters' which furnish the maximum amount of background material to enable the reader to understand the incomplete text. This includes a history of early Sufism in the A鮆 massif.