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, ʿAbd al-Wahhāb b. Aḥmad (897-973/1492-1565), Egyptian Ṣūfī, scholar, historian of Ṣūfism, and a prolific writer about many religious subjects during a period otherwise poor in distinguished figures of learning and piety in the Arab lands.

Sources. The main sources for al-S̲h̲aʿrānī’s life are his own writings, which must, of course, be used with caution. This is especially true of Laṭāʾif al-minan , his lengthy account of the graces bestowed upon him by God, a work that beside recounting miraculous events, also includes many autobiographical elements. P…

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Winter, M., “al-S̲h̲aʿrānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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