Women And the Development of Hadith Literature: A Study of Ruwat (Women Transmitters of Hadith) by FIRDOUSA AKHTER
About the Thesis
Hadith is regarded as the richest branch of Islamic learning and the most important source of the early history of Islam. The system of Isnad (i.e., to go back to the source and trace the line of authorities on whose authority a hadith
is forwarded) which the Muhaddithin have developed for checking the reliability of Hadith, is an important development in Hadith literature. The system of Isnad is considered as an indispensable part of Hadith.
In order to determine the relative value of the reliability of the Isnads and their different classes, the lives of the Ruwat (transmitters) were studied thoroughly, which in turn caused to produce a vast literature on the biographies of the transmitters and the system was developed into a science.
In fact, biographical literature is one of the most significant and valuable branches of literature, which originated and developed in connection with Isnad in Hadith.