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Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur'an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad's words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex que ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Oneworld Publications (first published 2009)
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The book does an excellent job providing you with an introduction to the complex topic of Hadiths in Islam. Few people are aware that most Islamic laws and legal rulings stem from Hadiths and not the Qur'an. In fact, the Qur'an does not even specify the rulings on prayer and fasting. As such, scholars lean towards Hadiths to understand what to do. Hadiths are statements that trace back to the Prophet, or for particular sects, those of Companions of Family of the Prophet. As such, since the Qur'a ...more
Rose Cecilia
This is an amazing resource that I would highly recommend to any student of Islam, regardless of faith or previous level of study. Brown presents a very clear, readable account of Hadith collection and criticism. He also breaks down the historic and current relationship (tension?) between the Quran, Hadith, and reason in determining tenets of faith and religious practice. The many names, dates, and complex concepts that could otherwise be very tedious to read through are presented in an incredib ...more
Aasem Bakhshi
I would call it a reasonable survey of Hadith science as it is not in the same vein as other more detailed surveys by Zubayr Siddique and Azami. However, in my view, Dr Brown wanted it to be a brief historical/ methodological survey with more emphasis on the so called authenticity question of interpretive (and originally oral) traditions and modern debates surrounding the Hadith tradition. That, in my view, is the real strength of the book and those who are not directly familiar with Muir, Goldz ...more
Zahra Khan
Pretty readable except for the long list of books as examples at various points in the book.

Pretty comprehensive as well.
Luna Hasani
Quick and amazing read, recommended to anyone interested in this topic. The author doesn't express personal opinions in this book, he only explains very objectively the process of Hadith collection followed by different Islamic sects, and the various methods of Hadith criticism according to western, classical and modern Islamic standards.

I loved it.
Joseph Lumbard
An excellent account of all the different aspects of ḥadīth and some of the debates regarding them. This book sets the new standard for introductory book on Hadith. I wish that a volume like this had been available when I was first learning about the sciences of Hadith.
Syed Abbas
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good to understand the development of laws and regulations. Orovides details about the history and complexities in acceptance of hadith and validation of the chain of transmission.
Suitable for a scholarly audience and ambitious lay readers. Brown also writes very well, making it an enjoyable read.
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Jonathan AC Brown is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim–Christian Understanding in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His publications include, among others, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction and Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World; he is also the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. He lives in Washington DC.
More about Jonathan A.C. Brown...
Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy The Canonization of Al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon Did the Prophet Say It or Not? The Literal, Historical, and Effective Truth of Hadîths in Early Sunnism Hadith Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern (Foundations of Islam)

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