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Title:Ibn idris and al-sanusi: the teacher and his student
Authors:Vikoer, K.S.ISNI
O'Fahey, R.S.ISNI
Periodical:Islam et socits au Sud du Sahara
Geographic term:Libya
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
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Abstract:Preliminary account of the nature of the relationship between Muhammad b. 'Al al-Sans (1787-1859), the founder of the Sansiyya tarqa, and the Moroccan mystic, Ahmad b. Idrs (1749-1837). Previous discussions of the relationship between the two men have been confused by two issues: whether Ibn Idrs ever formally established a tarqa (order) and whether there was in fact a controversy among his students as to who was his true spiritual heir. On present evidence, the answer to both questions appears to be negative. The importance of Ibn Idrs for al-Sans's intellectual and spiritual development was great. In the fields of fiqh, mysticism, and prayer, al-Sans gave priority to chains of transmission via Ibn Idrs where he had several for the same work or Sufi way. The relationship between Ibn Idrs and al-Sans survived the death of the two men, and al-Sans's indebtedness was remembered within the Sans tradition. Notes, ref.