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Zayd b. Muḥammad
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Zayd b. Muḥammad, Zayd b. Ḥāritha b. Sharāḥīl al-Kalbī (b. ca. 580, d. 7 or 8 AH/629 CE), is the only Muslim apart from Muḥammad who is mentioned by name in the Qurʾān (Q 33:37). The reference to Zayd in this verse generated a substantial number of narrative reports that are scattered across Qurʾān commentaries, ḥadīth collections, sīra texts, biographical dictionaries, and historical chronicles. When these reports are assembled and arranged in chronological order, there emerges the rich and colourful life of a man who played an important role in the emergence of Islam.

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David S. Powers, “Zayd b. Muḥammad”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050482>
First published online: 2015

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