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Ibn al-ʿArīf
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, Abu’l-ʿAbbās Aḥmad b. Muḥammad b. Mūsā b. ʿAtāʾ Allāh al-Ṣanhād̲j̲ī , a distinguished man of intellect and celebrated Ṣūfī, born according to Ibn K̲h̲allikān on Monday 2 D̲j̲umādā I 481/24 July 1088, died in Marrākus̲h̲ 23 Ṣafar 536/27 September 1141.

His father had once been ʿarīf in Tangier, that is to say he was employed as head of the guard responsible for keeping watch in the town at night. From this circumstance came his surname Ibn al-ʿArīf. Although naturally inclined to a studious life, the young Aḥmad was apprenticed to a weave…

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Faure, A., “Ibn al-ʿArīf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3083>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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