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Author Vikor, Knut S.

Title Sufi and scholar on the desert edge : Muḥammad b. ʻAlī al-Sanūsī and his brotherhood / Knut S. Vikør.

Published London : Hurst, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  297.4092 SANU/VIKO    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 310 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Series in Islam and society in Africa
Thesis notes "A slightly revised edition of my thesis from the University of Bergen, 1992"--Pref.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-300).
Contents 1. Early Life in the Maghreb -- 2. Fez before 1820 --3. Sufi Contacts in the Maghreb -- 4. Studies in the East -- 5. The Influence of Ibn Idris -- 6. Founding the Order in Cyrenaica -- 7. Return to the Hijaz -- 8. The Order -- 9. The Writings of al-Sanusi -- 10. The Opposition.
Summary Al-Sanusi was both a Sufi teacher and a scholar of Islamic Law. He advocated reform in the development of the Law, putting greater stress on the study and interpretation of original sources of dogma. At the same time, he was a traditional Sufi, combining mystical teaching and practical organizing. This study of al-Sanusi focuses on the scholarly tradition that formed him, a tradition of Islamic learning and reform that spanned the Islamic world from Morocco to Mecca and beyond. The book discusses al-Sanusi's role in the Sufi network created by his teacher, Ahmad b. Idris, and in the scholarly milieu of the Qarawiyin in Fez. It also presents al-Sanusi's writings, and gives an overview of the Sanusiya order in the mid-nineteenth century.
Subject Sanūsī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī, 1924-1987.
Senussites -- Biography.
Sufism -- Africa, North -- History.
ISBN 185065218X