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ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib
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of B. Hās̲h̲im of Ḳurays̲h̲, father of the prophet Muḥammad. The earliest and most reliable sources give little information about him. His mother was Fāṭima bint ʿAmr of B. Mak̲h̲zūm. Al-Kalbī places his birth in the 24th year of the reign of Anūs̲h̲irwān (554), but he is usually said to have been twenty-five when he died (? 570). According to a well-known story, picturesque but probably with little factual basis, ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib vowed that, if he had ten sons who reached maturity, he would sac…

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Watt, W. Montgomery, “ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0038>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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