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the name of a Christian Monk. Ibn Saʿd and Ibn His̲h̲ām offer two parallel traditions, confirmed by al-Ṭabarī (i, 1123 ff.), according to which Muḥammad, when either nine or twelve years old, whilst accompanying the Meccans’ caravan to Syria, in the company of Abū Bakr or Abū Ṭālib, found himself in the presence of a Christian monk or hermit, who is said to have revealed the young man’s prophetie destiny, either by finding on him the stigmata of prophecy, or by noting the miraculous movement of …

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Abel, A., “Baḥīrā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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