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Title:Ibadi Political and Administrative Organisations in the Stage of Secrecy with Special Reference to North Africa
Author:Khleifat, Awad M.
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The rise of Muslim sects dates back to an early period of the Muslim Empire and is linked with the disagreement among Muslims about the Caliph's post as the head of State and the qualifications of the candidate for this position. The Ibadi sect appears for the first time in North African literature in the last quarter of the 3rd century A.H. The Ibadi movement contributed to the spread of Islam and of the Arabic language among Berber tribes in the heart of the desert. Arab and Muslim libraries were enriched with the numerous Ibadi works dealing with various Islamic branches of learning. Despite these merits, however, the Ibadis isolated themselves under the pretext of observing secrecy and safeguarding their heritage. Ref.