Makhluf al-Balbali

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Makhlūf ibn `Alī ibn Ṣāliḥ al-Balbālī (Arabic: مخلوف بن علي بن صالح البلبالي‎‎), d. after 1533, was an Islamic scholar of North and West Africa. He came from the oasis of Tabelbala. After spending his youth in trade, he studied in Walata and in Morocco, then travelled to West Africa to teach in Kano, Katsina, and Timbuktu, finally returning to Morocco to teach in Marrakech. While in Marrakech he fell ill and returned to Tabelbala to die after the year 940 AH (1533/4.) Among his surviving fatwas is a judgement that slaves originating in established Muslim lands had the right to freedom.[1]


  1. ^ Arabic literature of Africa: the writings of Central Sudanic Africa, Volume 2, ed. John Hunwick and R. S. O'Fahey, Leiden: Brill (1995.)