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Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī
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Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī, Muḥammad b. ʿAlī b. ʿAṭiyya (d. 386/996), a Sufi ascetic and sage who was originally from western Persia, but because he studied in Mecca, became known as al-Makkī (al-Khaṭīb, 3/89; Ibn Khallikān, 4/303; al-Dhahabī, Siyar, 16/536).

Although Abū Ṭālib was one of the best-known Sufi authors and his sayings and narrations were frequently quoted in later periods, very little is known about his life, and Sufi hagiographers such as Abū Nuʿaym al-Iṣfahānī, Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī, Abū al-Qāsim al-Qushayrī, Khwājah ʿAbd Allāh Anṣārī and Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār do…

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Mojtaba'i, Fathollah and Translated by Shahram Khodaverdian, “Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0220>
First published online: 2015

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