Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature, and the Articulation of Sunni Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Saad, Ibn Main, and Ibn Hanbal

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICS OF HADITH LITERATURE
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 Constructive Critics Of Hadith Literature
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Scott C. Lucas
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Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature, and the Articulation of Sunni Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Saad, Ibn Main, and Ibn Hanbal Demonstrating the central role of third/ninth century hadîth scholars in the articulation of Sunnî Islam, this book bases its findings largely upon the analysis of multiple biographical dictionaries, such as al-Dhahabî’s Tadhkirat al-huffâz, Ibn Sa’d’s Kitâb al-tabaqât al-kabîr, and collections of the critical comments of Ibn Maʿîn and Ibn Hanbal.

Part I establishes conceptual and historical frameworks for the study of Sunnî hadîth scholarship. Part II examines in detail the three foundational principles of Sunnî Islam:

  1. the collective probity of the sahâba, 2) the discipline of hadîth-transmitter criticism, and 3) a historical vision of the authoritative channels by which hadîth traversed the two centuries between the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the first major hadîth books.

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the critical role played by had’ith scholars in the articulation of Sunni Islam during the first half of third/ninth century. Despite the fact that the two most esteemed Sunni books after the Qur’an in the eyes of Sunni Muslims, namely the Şahabas of Muhammad b. Isma’il al-Bukharı and Muslim b. al-hajjaj, are masterpieces of hadith literature, the accomplish­ments of individual hadıth scholars have been ignored largely by European and American scholars for the past century.

The quint­essential Sunni disciplines of hadıth compilation and criticism remain essentially unexamined by modern scholarship, perhaps partly due to Ignaz Goldziher’s assertion long ago that “the science of tradi­tion also was past its prime with its first classics. “2 This study not only departs sharply from this tradition of neglect of the hadith literature, but argues that the fundamental principles of Sunni Islam…….

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