Ḥafṣa
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, daughter of ʿUmar b. al-K̲h̲aṭṭāb and wife of the Prophet, is said to have been born five years before Muḥammad’s mission, while the Ḳurays̲h̲ were rebuilding the Kaʿba. Her mother was Zaynab bint Maẓʿūn, the sister of the famous ʿUt̲h̲mān b. Maẓʿūn [q.v.]. Married first to the Ḳurays̲h̲ī K̲h̲umays b. Ḥud̲h̲āfa al-Sahmī and widowed while still childless (her husband, a Badrī, died at Medina on the return from Badr), she was offered by her father in marriage to Abū Bakr and to ʿUt̲h̲mān b. ʿAffān; the latter refused, explaining that he did not wa…

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Veccia Vaglieri, L., “Ḥafṣa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2623>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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