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Hejira
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[German version]

(hiǧra). Emigration, movement of the prophet  Muḥammad and some of his followers from  Mecca to  Medina in AD 622 after tribal difficulties (withdrawal of the clan protection on the part of his tribe Quraiš); beginning of the Islamic calendar. Only with the hejira did Mohammed's work as a statesman begin; it also marked the starting-point of the actual spread of  Islam (initially through a policy of alliances).

Bibliography

A. Noth, Die Hiǧra, in: U. Haarmann (ed.), Geschichte der arabischen Welt, 1987, 11-57.

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Schönig, Hanne (Halle/Saale), “Hejira”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e504700>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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