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, a rocky, plateau-topped mountain that lies about 5 km/3 miles north of Medina, and the site of an important battle between Muḥammad and the Meccans.

Traditional accounts date the event to S̲h̲awwāl of year 3, and see the origins of Uḥud in the aftermath of Badr; variant traditions date it to year 4. Under the leadership of Abū Sufyān b. Ḥarb, and incited not only by tribesmen and tribeswomen who had lost relations at Badr (e.g. his wife Hind b. ʿUtba), but also by those whose goods had been plundered, the Meccans resolved to avenge t…

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Robinson, C.F., “Uḥud”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7685>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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