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Abū ’l-Maʿālī ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad b. Imām b. Salām al-Mawārzī
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b. c. 1212/1797-98, d. 1277/1860-61.


Nūr al-Dāʾim (1954), 76; O’Fahey (1990), 71, 176-77 and n. 19, 194; Ibrāhīm, thesis (1990), 364-66.


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 …

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“Abū ’l-Maʿālī ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad b. Imām b. Salām al-Mawārzī”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2016

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