Ahmed ibn Nasir

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For the 19th-century historian see Ahmad ibn Khalid al-Nasiri.

Ahmed ibn Nasir (sometimes spelled Bennacer) (1647–1717) was a Moroccan Sufi writer and teacher of the Nasiriyya zawiyya of Tamegroute, son of its founder Mohammed ibn Nasir.[1] He made six pilgrimages to Mecca and made each of these pilgrimages into a journey of several years. Sidi Ahmed ibn Nasir travelled to Ethiopia, Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Persia. During his travels he took the opportunity of establishing new branches of the Sufi brotherhood. He wrote a series of memoirs of his journeys called the Rihla (partly translated by A. Berbrugger in 1846).[2] He brought back numerous works from all parts of the Islamic world, which formed the basis of the library of the Tamegroute.


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  2. ^ translation and summary in French by Briga, published as lithograph in two volumes in 1902. see: Lévi-Provencal, Mu'arrikhu al-Shurafa, p. 207
  • Nico van den Boogert, Muhammad Awzalî, The Berber Literary Tradition of the Souls: With an Edition and Translation, page 158 - Berber languages - 1997 Edition and translation N. van den Boogert
  • "A Sous Berber poem on Sidi Ahmad ibn Nasir", in: Études et Documents Berberes, vol. 9 (1992), pp. 121–137
  • Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Nasir, Kitab al-tarikh al-tariqa, ed. Bibliothèque Générale et Archives Rabat (BGAR) MS/D 2167