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ʿĀʾisha al-Bāʿūniyya
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ʿĀʾisha bt. Yūsuf b. Aḥmad b. Naṣr al-Bāʿūniyya, a prolific writer and poet, and a Ṣūfī, was born in Damascus, around the middle of the ninth/fifteenth century, and died on 16 Dhū l-Qaʿda 923/30 November 1517. She was a distinguished member of the al-Bāʿūnī family, which served the Mamlūk sultans as religious officials in Syria and Egypt. She composed more than a dozen works in prose and poetry and, among women, is one of the most prolific Arab authors prior to the twentieth century.

In one of her writings, ʿĀʾisha notes that by the age of eight she had memorised the Qurʾān. She then studied ḥadīth…

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Homerin, Th. Emil, “ʿĀʾisha al-Bāʿūniyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0069>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1

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