Reza Aslan on Muhammad and the Age of Aisha

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  1. θ says:

    In the historical books Taqrib al-Tahzib and Bidayah wa Nihayah, Asma died in 73 Hijrah at 100 y.o. She should have been around 28 y.o. at 1 Hijrah. Historian Ibn Kathir cites Ibn Abi al-Zinad on the 10-years difference of birth between Asma and Aisha, hence Aisha is 18 y.o. at that time.
    As result, in 2 Hjirah Aisha was around 20 y.o. at time of her marriage.

    For comparison, as the second source Dhahabi in Siyar A`lam al-Nubala’ did not deny that the difference of age between Aisha and Asma is around 10-19 years. However, the fact of having too-greater interval in his counting turns to be a proof how Dhahabi has a degradation of memory on this particular topic.

  2. θ says:

    According to the historical books Taqrib al-Tahzib and Bidayah wa Nihayah, Asma died in 73 Hijrah at 100 y.o. She must be around 28 y.o. at 1 Hijrah. Historian Ibn Kathir cites Ibn Abi al-Zinad on the 10-years difference of birth between Asma and Aisha, hence Aisha is 18 y.o. at that time.
    As result, in 2 Hijrah Aisha was around 20 y.o. at time of her marriage.

    For comparison, as the second source Dhahabi in Siyar A`lam al-Nubala’ did not deny Ibn Kathir’s record but he makes a more longer interval that the difference of age between Aisha and Asma is around 10-19 years.
    However, the fact of having too-greater interval in his counting turns to be a proof how Dhahabi happens to get a degradation of memory on this particular topic.

    Ibn Kathir has more a decisive account than that of Dhahabi: difference of age between Asma and Aisha is 10 years, so Aisha was around 20 y.o. at time of her marriage.

  3. θ says:

    Ibn Kathir, Bidayah wal Nihayah: Year 73, p.345-346.
    Of those who died along with Abdallah b. al-Zubayr in the year 73 [of the Hijrah] in Makkah were:..Asma’ b. Abi Bakr, the mother of Abdallah b. al-Zubayr..and she was older than her sister Aisha by ten years….her life span reached a hundred years and none of her teeth had fallen out nor did she lose her intellect due to old age.

    Ibn Kathir, Al-Bidayah wal-Nihayah, Vol.8, p.371-372.
    She [Asma] was elder to her sister [Aisha] by 10 years, …She [Asma] saw the killing of her son during that year [73 AH], as we have already mentioned, and five days later she herself died. According to other narratives, she died not after five days but 10 or 20, or a few days over 20, or 100 days later. The most well known narrative is that of 100 days later. At the time of her death, she was 100 years old.

    Siyar A`lama-Nubala’, Al-Dhahabi, Vol.2, p.289.
    Abd al-Rahman b. Abi al-Zannad said that Asma’ was older than Aisha by ten years.

    Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani, Taqrib-Tahzib, p.654.
    She [Asma] lived a hundred years and died in 73 or 74 AH.

    Al-Nawawi, Tahdheeb al-Asmaa wal-Lughaat.
    Ibn Abi Zinad, that Asma was ten years older than Aisha, and…was born twenty-seven years before the hijrah of the messenger of Allah.

    Bayhaqi, Sunan al-Bayhaqi al-Kubra, p.204.
    Abu Abdallah b. Mundah narrates from Ibn Abi Zannad that Asma’ b. Abi Bakr was older than Aisha by ten years.

    Ibn Asakir, Tarikh Madinat Dimashq wa Dhikr p.69.
    Ibn Abi al-Zannad said [that Asma’] was older than Aisha by ten years.

    Mulla Ali, Mirqat al-Mafatih Sharh Mishkat, p.331.
    [Asma’] was older than her sister Aisha by ten years and she died ten days after the killing of her son…she was a hundred years of age and her teeth had not fallen out and she did not lose a thing of her intellect. [Her death took place] in the year 73 [of the Hijrah] in Makkah.

    Amir al-Sanani, Subul al-Salam Sharh Bulugh, p.39.
    [Asma’] was ten years older than Aisha by ten years and she died in Makkah a little less than a month after the killing of her son while she was a hundred years of age. This took place in the year 73 [of the Hijrah].

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