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Abū Jahl
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Abū Jahl, Abū al-Ḥakam ʿAmr b. Hishām b. Mughīra al-Makhzūmī, known as Abū Jahl (d. Ramaḍān 2/March 624), was one of the nobles of the Quraysh and a notorious Meccan polytheist. According to al-Balādhurī (1/130), he was born in AD 554. His father Hishām was a Meccan noble and the head of the Banū Makhzūm, a branch of the Quraysh (Ibn Ḥabīb, al-Munammaq, 332; Ibn Saʿd, 1/127; al-Zubayrī, 301). His mother was Asmāʾ, daughter of Makhraba b. Jandal al-Ḥanẓalī of the Banū Tamīm. Later Asmāʾ converted to Islam and traded in perfumes (Ibn Saʿd, 8/300; Ibn Ḥajar, …

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Ali Kazem Beigi, Mohammad and Translated by John Cooper, “Abū Jahl”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0163>
First published online: 2015

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