Maryam the Egyptian (fl. 7th c.)

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Maryam the Egyptian (fl. 7th c.)

One of the wives of Muhammad. Name variations: Mary the Egyptian; Mary of Egypt. Married Muhammad in 629 ce.

Christian slave sent to Muhammad by the Byzantine governor of Egypt; may have been one of Muhammad's chief sources for Christianity whose knowledge of which betrays a superficial acquaintance of the faith as it was practiced in Egypt.

See also Women in World History.