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Ṣūfī Mystics of the Niger DesertSidi Mahmud and the Hermits of Aïr$
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H. T. Norris

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198265382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265382.001.0001

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The Martyrdom of Sīdī Maḥmūd

The Martyrdom of Sīdī Maḥmūd

(p.115) 7 The Martyrdom of Sīdī Maḥmūd
Ṣūfī Mystics of the Niger Desert

H. T. Norris

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the accounts of martyrdom of Sīdī Mahmūd as written in the Qudwa. The text says that the saint was martyred at Aghalanga, but it charges the Sultān of Agades and his jurists for the events which led up to the martyrdom. It draws attention to two specific factors that determined the Sultān's actions: a hostility on the part of the jurists of the Sultān to oriental mysticism of the kind which Sīdī Mahmūd had introduced; and that the Sharīfian statutes of Sīdī Mahmūd put him in a peculiar and hallowed category in Aïr society at that time, giving him a protection and freedom of action denied to others.

Keywords:   martyrdom, Sīdī Mahmūd, Qudwa, Aghalanga, Sultān of Agades, Sharīfian statutes

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