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Title:The letters of Ahmad Ibn IdrŻis
Editors:Idris, Ahmad IbnISNI
Hofheinz, A.ISNI
Thomassen, EinarISNI
Radtke, BerndISNI
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Hurst & Company
Geographic term:Morocco
letters (form)
About person:AbŻu al-AbbŻas Ahmad Ibn IdrŻis (ca1749-1837)ISNI
Abstract:Ahmad Ibn IdrŻis (1749-50 or 1760 to 1837) was born in Morocco. He received his basic religious education at the QarawiyyŻin mosque school in Fez, and was initiated into Sufism by several 'shaykhs' connected with the ShŻadhilŻi tradition. It was in Mecca, where he arrived in 1799, that he exercised his greatest influence, attracting students from all corners of the Islamic world. He was an outstanding religious teacher and scholar, who did not look upon himself as a reformer or renewer, but whose concern was the moral and spiritual education of the individual Muslim on the basis of traditional Sufi discipline. The contents of his letters, reproduced here in Arabic with English translation, vary, from practical counsels on matters of 'fiqh' or Sufism, moral exhortation to intimate spiritual advice. Whatever the subject matter Ibn IdrŻis always expressed his concern for his correspondent's relationship with God. Ibn IdrŻis's correspondents are: MakkŻi b. Abd al-AzŻiz, Muhammad UthmŻan al-MŻirghanŻi, Muhammad al-MajdhŻub, ArabŻi al-HawwŻarŻi, Abd al-RahmŻan al-Ahdal, Muhammad b. Jafar, AlŻi b. Mujaththal, Abd AllŻah b. Muhammad.