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Poverty: Overview
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The problem of poverty has been present in Islam since the lifetime of the Prophet Muḥammad. Many of the earliest Muslims were poor or persons regarded as dependants, such as women and slaves. The e of the early Muslim community from Mecca to Medina created a new group of impoverished persons as many of the Muhājirūn were obliged to leave their property behind. Although the Muhājirūn received some support from the Anṣār, a number of poor Meccans took up residence in the mosque in Medina. These “people of the portico” (ahl la-ṣuffa) provided a model when later Muslims adopted voluntary…

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Sabra, Adam, “Poverty: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0277a>
First published online: 2009

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