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Āmina bint Wahb
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Āmina bint Wahb (d. 46 before hijra/577), was the mother of the Prophet and one of the most eminent women of Quraysh. Her parents were distant cousins from an illustrious Qurayshī family: her father was Wahb b. ʿAbd Manāf b. Zuhra b. Kilāb, and her mother Barra bint ʿAbd al-ʿUzzā b. ʿUthmān b. ʿAbd al-Dār b. Quṣayy b. Kilāb. After the death of her father, who had been chief of the Banū Zuhra, she is said to have been under the guardianship of his successor, her uncle Wuhayb b. ʿAbd Manāf.

Āmina married ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib (q.v.) in the year 53 or 54 before hijra/569 or 570. There are vari…

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Muhammad Ali Mowlavi and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Āmina bint Wahb”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0267>
First published online: 2015

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