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ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿImrān b. ʿĀmir al-Saʿdī
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b. 30 Ramaḍān 1004/28 May 1596, d. after 1065/1655-6.


T. sūdān, 213, 244/ TSE, lxiii-lxv, 262, et passim; Fatḥ, 176; Shajara, no. 1198; O. Houdas, intro to T. al-Sūdān, xiii; EI (2), viii, 718-9.


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…

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“ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿImrān b. ʿĀmir al-Saʿdī”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 27 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2016

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