Zayd b. Ḥārit̲h̲a
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al-Kalbī, or Zayd al-ḥibb “the beloved”, a slave, and later a mawlā [q.v.] and adoptive son of the Prophet Muḥammad. The details of his early biography are disputed. One account has it that he was sold into slavery in Mecca by members of his own tribe.

However, according to al-Wāḳidī’s [q.v.] account, Zayd’s father died amidst his wife’s tribe, the Ṭayyiʾ [q.v.], bequeathing to his son an unspecified number of camels. Certain Bedouin who hired the camels from the stripling, treacherously sold him at the market of ʿUkāẓ. The buyer was Ḥakīm b. Ḥizām who wa…

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M. Lecker, “Zayd b. Ḥārit̲h̲a”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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