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Khadija the Great
Khadija
Historical Figure
Nationality: Tribes of the Arabian Peninsula
Date of Birth: 555
Date of Death: 620
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Islam (converted from polytheistic worship of The Four)
Occupation: Merchant
Parents: Khuwaylid ibn Asad, Fatima bint Za'idah
Spouse: Atiq ibn 'A'idh Al-Makhzumi (died), Abu Hala Malak ibn Nabash (died), Muhammad
Children: 11
Turtledove Appearances:
Agent of Byzantium
POD: c. AD 583
Appearance(s): "Departures"
Type of Appearance: Oblique contemporary(?) reference
Religion: Polytheism of The Four
Spouse: Mouamet (divorced)


Khadijah or Khadīja bint Khuwaylid (Arabic: خديجة بنت خويلد‎‎) or Khadīja al-Kubra (Khadija the Great) (555–620) was the first wife of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. She is commonly regarded by Muslims as the Mother of the Believers (i.e., Muslims), and was the first person to convert to Islam for Muhammad's proclamation of faith.

Khadija in "Departures"Edit

Mouamet's marriage to Khadija ended when he forsook the things of the world to join the monastery of Ir-Ruhaiyeh. In later years, he occasionally wondered if she still lived, as she was a good deal older than he. With very human vanity, he wondered if she ever thought of him. With his own characteristic honesty, he doubted it. The marriage had been arranged. It was not her first. Probably it would not have been her last, either.

Literary commentEdit

Mouamet's wife isn't named in the text, but the description matches Khadija.

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