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This chapter is written by Albrecht Hofheinz

The Majādhīb, a saintly clan of the Jaʿaliyyūn, trace back their origins to al-ḥājj ʿĪsā al-Nakkās w. Qindīl, a sixteenth-century merchant who settled in Darrū (now al-Shaʿaddīnāb) 12 km south of the Atbara/Nile confluence and is said to have been the first who “lit the fire” (sc. of Qurʾānic learning) there. His great-grandson, Ḥamad (“Ḍamīn al-Dāmar” “the guardian of security of the summer-pasture”?) b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad, (d. c. 1690) retreated to a site north of Darrū, around which grew a new settlement that became kn…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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