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1. Descendants of the Prophet as a religious group

In many early modern Muslim societies and states, the descendants of the Prophet Muḥammad played an important role in social and cultural life (Tradition). Their various genealogical lineages were traced back through the grandsons of the Prophet Ḥasan and Ḥusayn to Fāṭima (died 632), Muḥammad’s daughter, who was married to his cousin ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib. The terms sharif (from…

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Reichmuth, Stefan, “Sharif”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027016>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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