b. c. 1212/1797-98, d. 1277/1860-61.
A member of the Maʿāliyya tribe of Kordofan and Darfur. He studied with Ibn Idrīs in Mecca and accompanied him to ʿAsīr. After his teacher’s death, Abū ’l-Maʿālī lived for various periods in Mecca, Jaghbūb, Cairo and al-Zayniyya. Returning to the Sudan, he worked as a missionary together with Ismāʿīl al-Walī (q.v.) in the Nuba Mountains before settling in Wad Madani in the …