Mohammed al-Tawudi ibn Suda

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Mohammed ibn al-Talib al-Tawudi ibn Suda (1700–1795) was one of the most influential scholars of the 18th century in Morocco, both politically and intellectually. He is described by the Egyptian historian, Al-Jabarti, as the "crescent of the Maghrib".[1] He went on the hajj in 1767-1768 and studied in Medina with Mohammed ibn Abdel Karim al-Samman (1718–1775), founder of the Sammaniyya branch[2] of the Khalwatiyya and in Cairo with the Indian scholar Mohammed Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1791). In Cairo he also taught the Muwatta of Malik ibn Anas at the Al-Azhar. Ibn Suda was appointed by the sultan in 1788 to reform the curriculum at the Qarawiyin University of Fez, where he was installed as mufti and shaykh al-jamaa. Ibn Suda is also well known as the author of a commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari.[3] and as the teacher of Ahmed ibn Idris.


  1. ^ Rex S. O'Fahey, Enigmatic saint: Ahmad ibn Idris and the Idrisi tradition, London, 1990, p. 35-36
  2. ^ it:Sammaniyya
  3. ^ See: Abd al-Hayy ibn Abd al-Kabir al-Kattani, Fihris al-faharis wa'l-athbat wa-mu'jam al-ma'ajim wa'l-mashyakhat wa'l-musalsalat, ed. Ihsan Abbas, 3 vols. , Beirut 1982-6, pp. 256-63,