Dhū al-Nūn al-Miṣrī
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Dhū al-Nūn al-Miṣrī, Abū al-Fayḍ Thawbān b. Ibrāhīm al-Ikhmīmī al-Nūbī, known as Dhū al-Nūn al-Miṣrī (ca. 155–ca. 245/ca. 772–ca. 860), was a sage, preacher and well-known Sufi, revered for his scrupulous piety (warāʿ ), eloquence and spiritual wisdom, and credited by some modern scholars as being the founder of theosophical Sufism. He was also known as Fayḍ or Fayyāḍ b. Ibrāhīm as well as by the kunya Abū al-Fayḍ. He was born in Nubia or Ikhmīm (or Akhmīm, Hellenistic Panopoli…

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Alireza Ebrahim and with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein and Shahram Khodaverdian, “Dhū al-Nūn al-Miṣrī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 23 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036113>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110



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