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Zaynab

(d. 681)


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(d. 681)

Daughter of Fatimah and Ali. Married Abd Allah ibn Jafar, with whom she had three sons and two daughters. Zaynab accompanied her brother Husayn to Karbala in 680; after his tragic death there, she was instrumental in saving the life of Husayn's young son, Ali Zayn al-Abidin, who became the fourth imam of the Twelver Shiis. For her bravery during the battle of Karbala she earned the title “the heroine [batalah] of Karbala.”

Subjects: Islam — History.


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