This project began some years ago in the form of an independent reading project while I was a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Toronto. At that time I had the indispensable help of Adam Ali who helped me navigate through the nuances of classical Arabic historiography and hadith literature. To him I extend my gracious appreciation. I would also like to convey my appreciation to my teacher and mentor, Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi of Toronto for selflessly sharing numerous resources with me and contributing his encyclopedic comprehension of classical Arabic texts and Islamic thought throughout my period of research on the life of Fatimah and her representation in Sunnite and Shiite literature.
Lastly, this project would not be what it became without the seeming tireless hours of supervision and intellectually constructive criticism offered by my M.A. supervisor, Dr. Lynda Clarke. The mere typing of words cannot do justice to the mentorship and support she has lent to this project and my academic progress as a whole while at the department of religion at Concordia University.
I would also like to thank the following individuals whose assistance should not go unnoticed: Ammar Badj for his continual insights into Islamic historiography, Shaykh Hasanayn Kassamali for his timely advice, and lastly Taymaz Garadjalou for his diligent observations and line editing. In closing I cannot end but by acknowledging the continuous support, love, and commitment of my wife, Farzana Jagani who spent many lonely evenings patiently waiting for the completion of this project. In light of what has been mentioned above, any errors in this dissertation are mine alone.