ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib
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ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib, the Prophet Muḥammad's father, an ʿAdnānī Arab and a well-known Hāshimid which was one of the clans of Quraysh. He is said to have originally been given the name ʿAbd al-Dār or ʿAbd Quṣayy, before being called ʿAbd Allāh by his father, ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib (al-Yaʿqūbī, 2/6; al-Zubayrī, 5–17; Ibn Saʿd, 1/55–56). His father was one of the prominent figures amongst the Quraysh of Mecca, and following his father, Hāshim, took over the rights of wa-tering the pilgrims and of levying the tax to feed them (siqāya and rifāda). His mother was Fāṭima bint ʿAmr b. ʿĀʾi…

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Babak Farzaneh, “ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0023>
First published online: 2015



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