Aban ibn Uthman

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Abū Saʾīd Abān ibn ʿUthmān ibn ʿAffān (Arabic: أبان بن عثمان بن عفان; died 105 AH/723 CE) was a muhaddith, faqīh, mufassir, Muslim historian.[1] He also served a seven-year stint as governor of Medina in 695–702, during the reign of the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik.

Son of Uthman and Great Islamic Scholar
Aban ibn Uthman
أبان بن عثمان

Aban ibn Uthman ibn Affan (A.S.) Arabic calligraphy
Umayyad governor of the Hejaz
In office
Monarch Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (r. 685–705)
Preceded by Yahya ibn al-Hakam
Succeeded by Hisham ibn Isma’il al-Makhzumi
Personal details
Born Medina
Died c.723
  • Umm Sa’id bint Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Harith al-Makhzumiyya
  • Umm Kulthum bint Abd Allah ibn Ja’far ibn Abi Talib
  • Sa’id
  • Abd al-Rahman
  • Marwan
  • Uthman (father)
  • Umm Amr bint Jundab ibn Amr al-Dawsiyya (mother)
Known for Historian and scholar of hadith (traditions and sayings of Muhammad), tafsir (interpretation of the Quran) and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence)

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Aban was a son of Uthman ibn Affan, the third Rashiduncaliph.[2][3] His mother was Umm Amr bint Jundab ibn Amr al-Dawsiyya of the Azd tribe of Yemen.[2][4][5] During the First Fitna, which occurred in the wake of his father’s assassination, Aban fought alongside the forces of A’isha and his Umayyad kinsmen against Caliph Ali (r. 656–661) at the Battle of the Camel in November 656.[4] As A’isha’s supporters were on the verge of defeat, Aban fled the battle.[2] Later, the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik (r. 685–705) appointed Aban governor of Medina in 695 and he continued in the post until being replaced by Hisham ibn Isma’il al-Makhzumi in 702.[3] During his term, he led the funeral prayers, as was customary of the governor, for Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, a son of Ali and leader of the Alid family.[4]

He became incapacitated in 722/23 and died in Medina the following year, in 723/24, during the reign of Caliph Yazid II.[6] Aban does not appear to have been a major political operative of the Umayyads and owes most of his fame for his knowledge of Islamic tradition.[7] He is credited by a number of scholars for authoring the Maghazi (biography) of Muhammad, though the historians Yaqut al-Hamawi and Ahmad al-Tusi credit this work to a certain Aban ibn Uthman ibn Yahya.[6]

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