Ibn Sab'in

Abu Mohammed Abd el-Hakh Ibn Sab'in
Born 1216/1217 CE
Murcia, Spain
Died March 21, 1271 CE
(9 Shawwal 669 AH)
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) Sufism and philosophy
Notable work(s) Sicilian Questions

Abu Mohammed Abd el-Hakh Ibn Sab'in (Arabic: محمدبن عبدالحق بن سبعين) was a Sufi philosopher, the last philosopher of the Andalus in the west land of Islamic world. He was born in 1217 in Spain and lived in Ceuta. He was known for his replies to questions sent to him by Frederick II, ruler of Sicily. He died in 1271 in Mecca. He was also known for his knowledge of religions (Judaism, Christianity but even Hinduism and Zoroastrism) and the "hidden sciences".[1]

His school is a combination of philosophical and Gnostic thoughts.

He was recognized by Michele Amari[2] as the author, among others, of the responses to the famous Sicilian Questions of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.[3]


  1. S. H. Nasr (2006), Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy, State University of New York Press, p. 156-157
  2. Michele Amari, Questions philosophiques adressées aux savants musulmans par l'Empereur Frédéric IIe, in Journal asiatique, Ve serie, 1, Paris, 1853, p.240-274 http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k931611/f240.pagination.r=Michele+Amari.langEN
  3. See:Luisa Arvide, Las Cuestiones Sicilianas de Ibn Sabin, GEU, Granada 2009 (in Arabic and Spanish).
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