Muhammad al-Maghili

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Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim al-Maghili, commonly known as Muhammad al-Maghili (died ca. 1505) was an Islamic scholar from Tlemcen,[1] the capital of the Kingdom of Tlemcen, now in modern-day Algeria. Al-Maghili was responsible for converting to Islam the ruling classes among Hausa, Fulani, and Tuareg peoples in West Africa.[2][3]

Maghili led a campaign to expel the city's Jewish community, which had migrated there after the Roman Sack of Jerusalem, and was successful. Many of the Jews were indeed expelled from Tlemcen and their synagogue was destroyed.[4] He also served as an adviser for Muhammad Rumfa, Emir of the Hausa city-state Kano, and wrote a treatise on government, On The Obligations of Princes.[5]

Original manuscripts of his work are available from the United Nations World Digital Library.[6]

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  1. ^ Batran, 'Abd-Al-'Aziz 'Abd-Allah (1973). "A Contribution to the Biography of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn 'Abd-Al-Karim Ibn Muhammad ('Umar-A 'Mar) Al-Maghili, Al-Tilimsani". The Journal of African History 14 (3): 381–394. doi:10.1017/S0021853700012780. JSTOR 180537. 
  2. ^ "People of Africa". "African Holocaust Society". 
  3. ^ "Wodaabe People". "University of Iowa ". 
  4. ^ "Jews of a Saharan Oasis: Authored by John Hunwick". Markus Wiener Publishers. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  5. ^ "50 Greatest Africans - Sarki Muhammad Rumfa & Emperor Semamun". When We Ruled. Every Generation Media. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
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