Ahmad ibn Khalid al-Nasiri

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For the 17th/18th century Sufi writer of the zawiyya Nasiriyya see Ahmed ibn Nasir.

Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Khalid al-Nasiri al-Salawi, (1834/5-1897) was born in Sla, Morocco and is considered to be the greatest Moroccan historian of the 19th century.[1] He was a prominent scholar and a member of the family that founded the Nasiriyya Sufi order in the 17th century. He wrote an important multivolume history of Morocco: Kitab al-Istiqsa li-Akhbar duwal al-Maghrib al-Aqsa.[2] The work is a general history of Morocco and the Islamic west from the Islamic conquest to the end of the 19th century. He died in 1897 shortly after having put the finishing touches to his chronicle.[3]


  1. ^ David Robinson, Jean-Louis Triaud, Ghislaine Lydon, Le temps des marabouts: itinéraires et stratégies islamiques en Afrique occidentale francaise v. 1880-1960, p. 136, Paris: Karthala editions, 1997, Islam and state ISBN 2-86537-729-6
  2. ^ New annotated edition in 8 volumes, Keta Books, 2002
  3. ^ C.R. Pennell Morocco Since 1830: A History, p. 109,

External links[edit]

  • M. Th. Houtsma, E.J. Brill's first encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936, Volume 1, BRILL, 1993, p. 468-9, entry "Al-Slawi" [1] (retrieved on August 9, 2010)