Ibn Abbad al-Rundi

Ibn Abbad al-Rundi (Arabic: ابن عباد الرندي) (in full, Abu 'abd Allah Muhammad Ibn Abi Ishaq Ibrahim An-nafzi Al-himyari Ar-rundi) (1333–1390) was one of the leading Sufi theologians of his time who was born in Ronda. Attracted to Morocco by the famous madrasahs, Ibn Abbad emigrated there at an early age. He spent most of his life in Morocco, living in different cities (Salé, Marrakesh, Fes...), and was buried in Bab al-Futuh (south-eastern gate) cemetery in Fes.


Ibn Abbad has been suggested as a key influence on and precursor to St. John of the Cross, in particular his account of the dark night of the soul, in the work of Miguel Asín Palacios.[1]


  1. ^ "Un precursor hispano musulman de San Juan de la Cruz", which was later reprinted in Huellas del Islam (1941), at 235-304. An English translation was made by Douglas and Yoder as Saint John of the Cross and Islam (New York: Vantage 1981).


  • Ibn Abbad of Ronda: Letters on the Sufi Path, transl. John Renard (New York 1986) ISBN 0-8091-2730-X
  • Los Más Hermosos Nombres de Dios. Versión aljamiada de la plegaria mística escrita por Ibn `Abbâd de Ronda (s.XIV), ed. Xavier Casassas Canals Archived 2010-11-08 at the Wayback Machine