Abderrahman El Majdoub

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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.[1] 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 a village near Azemmour, in Morocco, in 1506 and moved to Meknes after his wedding with his cousin Fatima, whose father was the brother of Abderrahman's father.[1] He mentions his birthplace and origins in many of his Quaterns.[citation needed] 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. This period also saw the rise of the Othoman Empire in Algeria and Tunisia.[2]

El Majdoub died in 1568 in Meknès, in Morocco.[1] His tomb is in Meknes, near gate Aissa, where later the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail was built. The tomb attracts many visitors every day.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Boum, Aomar (2008). "Abderrahman, El Majdoub". In Akyeampong, Emmanuel K.; Gates, Henry Louis Jr (eds.). Dictionary of African Biography. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.
  2. ^ 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, société et pouvoir au Maroc au 16e siècle (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]