ʿAlī b. Maymūn
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b. abī bakr al-idrīsī al-mag̲h̲ribī Moroccan mystic of Berber (though pretended ʿAlid) origin, born about 854/1450. In his youth he is said to have been the amīr of a ḳabīla of the Banū Rās̲h̲id in the Ḏj̲abal G̲h̲umāra, but to have relinquished that position because he was unable to enforce among his people the prohibition on wine-drinking. In 901/1495-6 he left Fez, visited Damascus, Mecca, Aleppo, and Brusa, and finally settled at Damascus where he died in 917/1511.

His mysticism was of a moderate character: in his Bayān G̲h̲urbat al-Islām bi-Wāsiṭat Ṣinfay al-Mutafaḳḳiha wa ’l-Mutafa…

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Brockelmann, C., “ʿAlī b. Maymūn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0514>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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