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Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī
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Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī, Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad b. Muṣṭafā al-ʿAlawī (1869–1934), occasionally referred to as Ibn ʿAlīwa (Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī, Nūr al-ithmid, 6), was one of the most distinguished and influential shaykhs of the main branch of the Shādhiliyya Sufi order (ṭarīqa). His life, teachings and spiritual legacy played a pivotal role in the revival of the Shādhiliyya in North Africa and the surrounding regions, and he was considered by many to be the ‘renewer’ (mujaddid) of Islamic spirituality in his time (Lings, ‘I…

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Shahram Khodaverdian and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0204>
First published online: 2015



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