b. 30 Ramaḍān 1004/28 May 1596, d. after 1065/1655-6.
His father’s male line was traced to the Banū Saʿd, though the family had been settled in Timbuktu for several generations. His father’s maternal great-grandmother was Fulani. Nothing is known of his youth, except that he tells us that he studied under al-Amīn b. Aḥmad (see TS, 55/ TSE, 78). In 1036/1626-7 he became imam of the Sank…