ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Amawī
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ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Amawī (1250–1314/1838–96) was a Shāfiʿī scholar, Qādirī Ṣūfī shaykh, and adviser to the sultans of Zanzibar. Born and raised in Barawa, Somalia, he moved to Zanzibar in his early teens to study with Somali scholar Muhyī l-Dīn al-Qaḥṭānī (c. 1788–1869), the chief Shāfiʿī qāḍī of Zanzibar. Al-Amawī was appointed judge in Kilwa in 1266/1849–50 at age sixteen and soon transferred to Zanzibar, where he served until the early 1890s, when his son Burhān took the position. Al-Amawī wrote on theology, law, Ṣūfism, grammar, rhetoric…

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Hoffman, Valerie J., “ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Amawī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 11 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0152>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2



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