Constructive Critics, Ḥadīth Literature, and the Articulation of Sunnī Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Saʻd, Ibn Maʻīn, and Ibn Ḥanbal

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 423 pages
Demonstrating the central role of third/ninth century" ?ad?th" scholars in the articulation of Sunn? Islam, this book bases its findings largely upon the analysis of multiple biographical dictionaries, such as al-Dhahab?'s "Tadhkirat al-?uff," Ibn Sa?d's "Kit?b al-?abaq?t al-kab?r," and collections of the critical comments of Ibn Ma n and Ibn ?anbal. Part I establishes conceptual and historical frameworks for the study of Sunn? "?ad?th" scholarship. Part II examines in detail the three foundational principles of Sunn? Islam: 1) the collective probity of the "?a ba," 2) the discipline of "?ad?th"-transmitter criticism, and 3) a historical vision of the authoritative channels by which "?ad?th" traversed the two centuries between the life of the Prophet Mu?ammad and the first major "?ad?th" books.
 

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Scott C. Lucas, Ph.D. (2002) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College (2002-3). This is his first major publication.

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