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Other Timbuktu Scholars
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Some time before 1003/1595, an unidentified author, known only as “al-Sūdānī” wrote a comm. on the Mukhtaṣar. Lévi-Provençal (Cat. des manuscrits arabes de Rabat, item 181) apparently attributes it to Aḥmad b. Anda Ag-Muḥammad, but this must be regarded as doubtful. No Timbuktu source mentions such a comm. by any one of that name. Aḥmad b. Anda Ag-Muḥammad b. Aḥmad Buryu was only born in 978/1570-1, and could have been no more than twenty-five at most when the comm. was written. Muṭīʿ (1987), 59, attributes several mss. of the Sharḥ al-Sūdānī to Aḥmad Bābā, but without arguing the ca…

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“Other Timbuktu Scholars”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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