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Ibn Isḥāq
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Abū ʿAbdallāh or Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Isḥāq (d. c.151/768) ṣāḥib al-sīra/ṣāḥib al-maghāzī (the compiler of the monograph on the Prophet’s biography/battles) compiled the most widespread mediaeval biography of the prophet Muḥammad, known to us mainly through an abridged and censored version produced by Ibn Hishām (d. 218/833 or 213/828).

Ibn Isḥāq was a mawlā, that is, a descendant of a manumitted slave. His grandfather Yasār was among a group of Jewish boys taken captive in the village of Nuqayra, near ʿAyn al-Tamr (modern Shithātha, some 50 kilom…

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Lecker, Michael, “Ibn Isḥāq”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30832>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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