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, Maḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Karīm , reformist faḳīh of Tlemcen, chiefly famed for his persecution of the Jewish community of Tuwāt (Touat) in the Algerian Sahara and for the advice he gave to Sudanic rulers. The general outline of his career is fairly well established, but many details remain obscure. He was born in Tlemcen. ca. 1440 of Berber stock and studied under ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-T̲h̲aʿālibī (d. 875/1470) and Yaḥyā b. Yadīr al-Tadallisī (d. 877/1472). At an uncertain date he took up residence in Tamanṭīṭ, then the principal fortified town ( ḳaṣr ) of the Tuwāt oasis, which was closely …

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Hunwick, J.O., “al-Mag̲h̲īlī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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