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Year of the Elephant

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    Year of the Elephant

    (ca. 570 )

    According to tradition and the earliest biographical accounts of Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Saad , the year of Muhammad 's birth. Name comes from the expedition led by Abrahah of southern Arabia into northern Arabia, during which he rode an elephant. Historians today believe that this event occurred at least a decade prior to Muhammad's birth.

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