Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī
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Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī, Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad b. Muṣṭafā al-ʿAlawī (1869–1934), occasionally referred to as Ibn ʿAlīwa (Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī, Nūr al-ithmid, 6), was one of the most distinguished and influential shaykhs of the main branch of the Shādhiliyya Sufi order (ṭarīqa). His life, teachings and spiritual legacy played a pivotal role in the revival of the Shādhiliyya in North Africa and the surrounding regions, and he was considered by many to be the ‘renewer’ (mujaddid) of Islamic spirituality in his time (Li…

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Khodaverdian, Shahram and Negahban, Farzin, “Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0204>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912



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