ʿUrwa ibn al-Zubayr
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[ʾAbū ʿAbd Allāh ʿUrwa ibn al-Zubayr ibn al-ʿAwwām al-Qurashī al-Asadī al-Madanī]

ca 643-712 ad. Arabia. Born in Medina, this important and extraordinary scholar was one of the "seven jurists of Medina" and founder of historical research in Islam. He was the son of a cousin of the prophet Muḥammad, a nephew of Muḥammads wife ʿĀʾisha (died 678) and grandson of the first caliph Abū Bakr. His brother was the anti-caliph ʿAbdallāh ibn al-Zubayr (died 692). Because of his family relations ʿUrwa had access to people in the immediate entourage of Muḥammad.

Excluded, as things turned out, fro…

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Schoeler, Gregor, “ʿUrwa ibn al-Zubayr”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 16 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00057>
First published online: 2016

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