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Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development & Special Features

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The hadith, the sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, form a sacred literature which for the Muslims ranks second in importance only to the Qur'an itself. As a source of law, ethics and doctrine, the vast corpus of hadith continue to exercise decisive influence. Islamic scholarship has hence devoted immense efforts to gathering and classifying the hadith, and ensurin ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Islamic Texts Society (first published 1961)
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Nermeen
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: islamic-studies
its good base to understand hadith literature,
Barnaby Thieme
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: islam-sufism
Really not the book I was looking for. I was hoping for a historical overview of Hadith, a review of some of the major collections, a look at some the key compilers, and a discussion of how Hadith material is received and valued by various Muslim societies.

I didn't really get any of that - it's a highly-technical close examination of much more specialized topics, moving breathlessly through long lists of Arabic names and untranslated titles of works. I suppose it's intended for an audience of s
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Wayfarer
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing



An excellent introductory text on hadith literature its origins, development and special features. The text is an accessible introduction into the subject matter and has a chapter introducing the major hadith collections as well as works on Asma al-Rijal - the author strikes a curious balance making this text suitable for the interested reader as well as the beginning student in the field of Hadith Studies.
Bilal Ali
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to hadith literature. Short, concise, but covers a large amount of material. Excellent appendices add to the usefulness of the work. A must read for beginners in Hadith studies.
Sara Z
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Make sure you get the edition that includes few pages about the female scholars of hadith.
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