Abderrahman El Majdoub

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Sidi Abderrahman el Majdoub (died 1568), also transcribed as Mejdub, full name Abou Mohamed Ben Ayad Ben Yacoub ben Salama Ben Khachachan Es Senhaji El Faradji Ed Doukkali el Majdoub (Arabic: عبد الرحمان المجذوب), was a Moroccan poet,Sage and mystic. 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-Moulay abdellah, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean between Al Jadida and Azemmour. 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 under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh and Abdallah al-Ghalib.[1]

El Majdoub died in 1568 in Merdacha, Jbel Aouf. His tomb is in Meknes, near gate Aissa, where later the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail was built. The tomb attracts many visitors even today. He was born into a Berber family.


  1. ^ Scott Alan Kugle, Sufis & saints' bodies: mysticism, corporeality, & sacred power in Islam, p. 115-117


  • 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).

External links[edit]

  • Play by Tayeb Seddiki on Majdub (French) [1]
  • Mausoleum of Mulay Isma‘il (near the burial site of Sidi Abderrahman El Majdoub [2]