The Wiley Blackwell Concise Companion to The Hadith

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Daniel W. Brown
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 9, 2020 - Religion - 440 pages

The most comprehensive and up-to-date English-language guide on hadith scholarship

The source of much of our knowledge of the first two centuries of Islamic history, the hadith literature is made up of thousands of traditions collected during the formative years of Islam. Alongside the Qur'an, the hadith forms a second major body of Islamic scripture, and much of Islamic belief and practice rests on the hadith including Islamic law, Islamic theology, Qur'anic interpretation, political thought, and personal behavior. Yet despite its importance to Muslims worldwide and its indispensable role as a source for early Islamic history, the hadith remains unexplored territory for many non-specialist readers.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Hadith is a concise yet comprehensive overview of both Islamic and Western traditions of hadith study, offering up-to-date scholarship and providing readers with an essential guide to this distinctive aspect of Islam.

Written by a multidisciplinary team of distinguished scholars, the Companion discusses questions of authenticity, epistemology and authority in the hadith and explores the relationship of the hadith literature to other ways of transmitting knowledge and establishing authority.

  • Covers the origins of hadith, the application of hadith within the Islamic intellectual tradition, and contemporary revaluations of hadith literature
  • Addresses developments in modern scholarship about the origins of Islam and Islamic law which are rooted in a revaluation of hadith
  • Presents new and groundbreaking research from international scholars from divergent perspectives to present an accurate and lively overview of the field
  • Explores the emergence of skepticism about hadith among western scholars
  • Surveys the evolution of a wide range of approaches to hadith among modern Muslims

Filling a significant gap in current literature in the field, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Hadith is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and researchers in Islamic studies, Islamic law, history, and theology.

 

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Contents

List of Figures
7
Introduction
13
The Classical Tradition
15
Western Hadith Studies
39
Revelation
59
Muhammad
75
Recording
91
Dating
113
Exegesis
223
Theology
241
Sufism
265
Shiʿism
281
Reform
297
Reappraisal
315
Gender
335
Bibliography
353

Collections
137
Genres
187
Law
205

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About the author (2020)

Daniel W. Brown is Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion in the Middle East and author of Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought and A New Introduction to Islam.

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