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Asserting Religious Authority In Late 19th/Early 20th Century Morocco: Muhammad B. Ja'Far Al-Kattānī(D. 1927) And His Kitāb Salwat Al-Anfās

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Based on the itinerary of a turn of the 20th century Moroccan scholar and a preliminary reading of his undisputed chef doeuvre, a hagiographic survey of the scholars and virtuous (or saints) buried in the city of Fez Baraka, this chapter attempts to analyse how different forms of religious authority were appropriated, (re-)interpreted, and ordered or graded. Although of modest social standing, some members of the Kattn family in Fez had gained a local religious reputationmostly as Sufis and as miracle-performing friends of God. Muhammad b. Ja'far al-Kattns undisputed chef doeuvre consists of a biographical survey of scholars and virtuous buried in the city of Fez. The Kitb Salwat al-anfs covers over 1,100 pages in three volumes, and was published in Fez as a lithograph in 1316/189899. It is clearly conceived to guide the visitor to the tombs of scholars and the virtuous, and preserve the memory of the latter.

Keywords: 20th century Morocco; Fez Baraka; Ja'far Al-Kattn; Kitb Salwat Al-Anfs; religious authority



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