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An anthropological Analysis of a Maghrebin holyman Sîd Ahmêd Mejdub or “an individual out of this world”

Abstract : The author of this article tries to account for a specific form of saintliness in an anthropological perspective the saintly person Sîd Ahmâd Mâjdub. Foundor of the Awlad Sîd Ahmâd Mâdjub tribe, by basing himself on L. Dumont’s work. After having given a brief outline of the saint’s geneology, he takes into account actions the sixth saint undertook to spread malekite Islam and Soufism in Berber regions of the upper plateaux and south west Algeria. Then, he underlined the socio – historical conditions which existed at the emergence of saintliness, and of maghreb maraboutism, mentioning the development of religious ascetism towords mysticism about the end of the first century of the Hegire, and the beginning of the second century, to bloom in the third century, in spite of orthodox Islam opposition. Sîd Ahmâd Mâjdub was born at the end of the 15h century, this period knew the development of saintliness, which conceded with the fall of Moslem dynasties, and the threat of the Reconquista, but also an alternative to the autonomization process vis – à – vis central power. It is in this context, that Sîd Ahmâd Mâdjub was made known as a miracle worker, whose wonders and magical power will influence a large part of the population, pushing a tribe, that of the Bâni Amr into exile and the founding of the tribe.
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Yazid Ben hounet. An anthropological Analysis of a Maghrebin holyman Sîd Ahmêd Mejdub or “an individual out of this world”. Insaniyat/إنسانيات Revue algérienne d'anthropologie et de sciences sociales, Centre de recherches en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle, 2012, L’Imaginaire : Littérature – Anthropologie, pp.61-85. ⟨10.4000/insaniyat.7422⟩. ⟨halshs-02543858⟩



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