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(al-)Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib
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, grandson of the Prophet and son of Fāṭima [q.v.], famous because of his revolt which ended tragically at Karbalāʾ on 10 Muḥarram 61/October 680.

Childhood and youth. (Al-)Ḥusayn was born at Medina, according to the majority of the sources in the beginning of S̲h̲aʿbān 4/January 626. He was thus still a child when the Prophet died and could therefore have very few memories of his grandfather. A number of ḥadīt̲h̲s mention the affectionate phrases which Muḥammad is said to have used of his grandsons, e.g., “whoever loves them loves me and whoever …

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Veccia Vaglieri, L., “(al-)Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0304>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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