ʿĀʾis̲h̲a Bint Abī Bakr
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, the third and favourite wife of the Prophet, was born at Mecca about 614. Her mother, Umm Rūmān, came from the tribe of Kināna. Muḥammad gave ʿĀʾis̲h̲a the kunya Umm ʿAbd Allāh, after the name of her nephew ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Zubayr.

The usual story of her marriage to Muḥammad is that the initiative came from Ḵh̲awla bint Ḥakīm, wife of ʿUt̲h̲mān b. Maẓʿūn, who possibly helped Muḥammad in domestic matters. Some time after the death of Ḵh̲adīd̲j̲a. Ḵh̲awla suggested to Muḥammad that he should marry either ʿĀʾis̲h̲a, the six-year old daugh…

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Watt, W. Montgomery, “ʿĀʾis̲h̲a Bint Abī Bakr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0440>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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