ʿĀʾisha bt. Abī Bakr (d. 58/678), wife of the prophet Muḥammad and daughter of Abū Bakr (d. 13/634), the first caliph, is arguably the most famous woman of early Islam and also its most controversial.
1. Her life and importance
She was born in Mecca around 614 C.E. to Abū Bakr b. Abī Quḥāfā, from the Banū Taym, and Umm Rūmān bt. ʿUmayr b. ʿĀmir, from the Banū Kināna. ʿĀʾisha is deemed to have been the nineteenth person to embrace Islam.
ʿĀʾisha entered the proph…
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“ʿĀʾisha bt. Abī Bakr”, in:
Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson.
Consulted online on 26 September 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23459>