Bidayat al-Hidaya


This is a translation of al-Ghazali’s well-known work of the same name.


Date of completion unknown, but it seems to fit well within Shaykh Daud al-Fatani’s Sufi period, 1817-34, and especially during his period of interest in al-Ghazali in the mid 1820s. He completed a translation of another of al-Ghazali’s works, Minhaj al-‘Abidin, in 1825, thus I have dated it to approximately 1826.


This text never gained any popularity in the Patani knowledge network and was never printed in the early publishing centers that published others of Shaykh Daud al-Fatani’s corpus.

1 known manuscript copy

Manuscripts with dated colophons (1):

  1. 1872/3. Copied by ‘Abd al-Rahman, 1289 AH, in Patani. PNM 1544: 156 ff., incomplete.

Published Editions

  1. After 1960. Penang: Dar al-Ma’arif, 46 pp. Holding: KITLV.

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