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ʿĀʾisha bt. Abī Bakr
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ʿĀʾisha bt. Abī Bakr (d. 58/678), wife of the prophet Muḥammad and daughter of Abū Bakr (d. 13/634), the first caliph, is arguably the most famous woman of early Islam and also its most controversial.

1. Her life and importance

She was born in Mecca around 614 C.E. to Abū Bakr b. Abī Quḥāfā, from the Banū Taym, and Umm Rūmān bt. ʿUmayr b. ʿĀmir, from the Banū Kināna. ʿĀʾisha is deemed to have been the nineteenth person to embrace Islam.

ʿĀʾisha entered the proph…

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Afsaruddin, Asma, “ʿĀʾisha bt. Abī Bakr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23459>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004203549, 2011, 2011-2

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