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Ṣūfī Mystics of the Niger Desert: Sidi Mahmud and the Hermits of Aïr

H. T. Norris


This book is a study of the evidence that exists to this day in the Niger Republic, and in the adjacent regions of Saharan and non-Saharan Africa, about the life of Sīdī Mahmūd al-Baghdādī, who, it is believed, introduced new doctrines of Oriental Sufism into the Aïr Massif during the sixteenth century. The teachings of Sīdī Mahmūd were to reappear recently in the Khalwatiyya Sūfī order (tariqa) in Niger. They are still important for contemporary Islam in that republic, which is a bridge between the Arab world and the Muslim states of the African Sahel. There is also evidence to suggest that i ... More

Keywords: Niger Republic, Sīdī Mahmūd al-Baghdādī, Oriental Sufism, Aïr Massif, sixteenth century, Khalwatiyya Sūfī, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198265382
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. T. Norris, author
University of London