Ibn Masʿūd
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, ʿAbd Allāh b. G̲h̲āfil b. Ḥabīb ... b. Hud̲h̲ayl , famous Companion of the Prophet, and reader of the Ḳurʾān. Of Bedouin origin, Ibn Masʿūd was of humble birth. On his father’s side he was a client of the Banū Zuhra, a branch of Ḳurays̲h̲, which enabled him, later, to rely on the occasional protection of important Zuhris such as al-Zubayr b. al-ʿAwwām and Saʿd b. Abī Waḳḳās. He was one of the earliest Muslims: some sources even assert (al-Sak̲h̲āwī, 333, a Kūfan source) that he was the third person to embrace Islam, after K̲h̲adīd̲j̲a and ʿAlī; the Iṣāba merely gives him the sixth place (in…

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Vadet, J.-C., “Ibn Masʿūd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0338>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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