Ahmed Mohammed al-Maqqari
|Main interests||History of Al Andalus, Ṣaḥīḥ of Muhammad al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, the muwaṭṭa', the Ash-Shifa, and life of Ibn al-Khatib|
|Notable works||Rawdat al-As and Nafḥ al-ṭīb|
Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Maqqarī al-Tilmisānī (or al-Maḳḳarī) (أحمد المقري التلمساني, 1632-1577) — was an Algerian scholar, biographer and historian who is best known for his Nafḥ al-ṭīb,S a compendium of the history of Al-Andalus which provided a basis for the scholarly research on the subject until the twentieth century.
A native of Tlemcen and from a prominent intellectual family originally from the village of Maqqara, near M'sila in Algeria. After his early education in Tlemcen, al-Maqqari travelled to Fes in Morocco and then to Marrakech, following the court of Ahmad al-Mansur. On al-Mansur's death in 1603, al-Maqqari established himself in Fes, where he was appointed both as mufti and as the imam of the Qarawiyyin mosque by al-Mansour's successor, Zidan Abu Maali.
In 1617, he left for the East, possibly following a quarrel with the local ruler, and took up residence in Cairo, where he composed his best known work, Nafḥ al-ṭīb. In 1620 he visited Jerusalem and Damascus, and made five pilgrimages over six years. At Mecca and Medina he gave popular lectures on ḥadīth. In 1628 he was again in Damascus, where he continued his lectures on Muhammad al-Bukhari's collection of Ḥadīth ('Traditions'), and spoke much of the glories of Muslim Iberia, and received the impulse to write his work on this subject later. That year he returned to Cairo and spent a year in writing his history of Spain from material he had mainly collected at the Sa'dian library in Marrakesh— surviving MSS are now held in part at El Escorial, Madrid. He died in 1632 during preparations to settle in Damascus.