Sidi Abderrahman el Majdoub (Arabic: عبد الرحمان المجذوب , 1506-1568), also transcribed as Mejdub, full name al-Shaykh Abu Zayd Abderrahman al-Majdoub Ibn Ayyad Ibn Yaacub Ibn Salama Ibn Khashan al-Sanhaji al-Dukkali , was a North African poet, Sufi and mystic. He was born into a Berber family. Many lines of his poems are known throughout the Maghreb, and his work is the source of many proverbs (e.g. "doubt is the beginning of wisdom").
El Majdoub was born in Tit in Adrar in current day Algeria, in 1506. He mentions his birth place and origins in many of his Quaterns. The date of his birth of is unknown. He memorized the entire Quran and the 10 different ways of recitation. He lived during the rise of the Saadi dynasty in current day Morroco under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh and Abdallah al-Ghalib. This period also the period of the rise of the Othoman Empire in Algeria and Tunisia.
A.-L. de Premare, Sidi abd-er-rahman el-mejdub, éditions du C.N.R.S., Paris, 1985, 300 pp.
A.L. de Prémare, La Tradition orale du Mejdub: récits et quatrains inédits, recueillis, transcrits, traduits et annotés par A.L. de Prémare. Aix-en-Provence: Edisud, 1986. 379p. Text in French and Arabic. Oral tradition in Morocco discussing the art of Majdub, Abd al-Rahman, d. 1569.
Alfred-Louis de Premare, Sidi Abd-er-Rahman el-Mejdub: Mysticisme populaire, societe et pouvoir au Maroc au 16e siecle (Les Cahiers du C.R.E.S.M) (Broché), 27 September 1985
J. Scelles-Millie et B. Khelifa "Les quatrains de Medjoub le sarcastique" poète maghrébin du XVIe siècle, G.P. Maisonneuve et Larosse, Paris 1966 (Réédition).
On proverbs derived from the poems of Mejdoub: M. Ben Cheneb "Proverbes arabes de l'Algérie et du Maghreb" (1900).