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Islamic religious orders in Algeria, "a work of great learning and value", presentation copy

Les khouan. De la constitution des ordres religieux musulmans en Algérie.
Algiers, A. Bourget, August 1859. 8vo. Contemporary red half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. 36 pp.
€ 3,750
First edition of a work on the khouan, the brothers of Islamic "religious orders" in Algeria, written by Charles Brosselard (1816-1889). He describes the origin, hierarchy, organization and (initiation) rituals of seven influential Sufi brotherhoods. "A work of great learning and value" (Playfair).
With author's presentation inscription to the French general Charles Cousin-Montauban, Comte de Palikao (1796-1878), who served as a cavalry officer in Algeria, on half-title. With an armorial bookplate on paste-down. Overall in very good condition, binding only very slightly rubbed along the extremities. Levtzion & Pouwels, The history of Islam in Africa, pp. 170, 184; Playfair, Bibliography of Algeria, 2099.
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