al-Sanūsī, Sīdī Muḥammad

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al-Sanūsī, Sīdī Muḥammad (1791–1859 (AH 1206–76)). Founder of the Sanūsiya order (the Senusis). After a period in Mecca, he returned to N. Africa, and at Jaghbūb, made freed slaves welcome. He was initiated into Qadiriya mysticism, and attempted to harmonize orthodox practice with mystical attainment, with special emphasis on dhikr.