ʿUt̲h̲mān b. ʿAffān
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, the third of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (23-35/644-55). He belonged to the great Meccan family of the Banū Umayya [q.v.], and more particularly to the branch of Abu ’l-ʿĀṣī who was his grandfather; for his genealogy, see Wüstenfeld, Geneal . Tabellen , U. 23, and the table in umayya. His sudden support for the Prophet’s preaching began his life as a Muslim.

ʿUt̲h̲mān was a very rich merchant and an accomplished man of the world. The tradition which represented him as the very esssence of beauty and elegance to the extent of being overgroomed may very we…

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Levi Della Vida, G. and Khoury, R.G., “ʿUt̲h̲mān b. ʿAffān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1315>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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