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The Hadith. Articulating the Beliefs and Constructs of Classical Islam (Ed. Mustafa Shah)

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The Prophetic traditions of Islam, which are commonly referred to as the hadiths (literally: ‘reports’), preserve the sum and substance of the utterances, deeds, directives, and descriptive anecdotes connected with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. Together with the Qur’an, the hadiths provide the religion of Islam with its principal scriptural sources.

The collection features an accessible and informative introduction which presents an outline of the significance of the hadiths within the religious tradition while also reviewing classical scholarship devoted to the literature of the traditions; moreover, the introduction decisively sets into context the academic debates and arguments which are fleshed out in the articles selected. It also charts developments in the academic study of hadiths, summing up the current state of the field and features a detailed bibliography listing primary classical sources germane to the field of Prophetic traditions together with recent research monographs and articles devoted to the subject.

This Major Work provides an authoritative collection of the seminal research articles produced by western academic scholarship on the subject of the hadith over the past century, including recent papers on the subject. In bringing together the finest examples of scholarship devoted to the hadith and the classical literature that surrounds it, these volumes provide an indispensable reference resource for academics, research institutions, governmental organizations, and those with a general interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic Cultural Studies, and Middle East History.


VOLUME I: Hadith: Codification, Authenticity

1. Ignaz Goldziher, ‘Hadith and Sunna’, in S. M. Stern (ed.), Muslim Studies, Vol. 2, trans. C. R. Barber and S. M. Stern (Aldine, Atherson), pp. 17–37.

2. Nabia Abbott, ‘Early Development of Written Tradition’, Studies in Arabic Literary Papyri II: Qur’anic Commentary and Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1967), pp. 5–32.

3. Gregor Schoeler, ‘Oral Torah and Hadith: Transmission, Prohibition of Writing, Redaction’, The Oral and the Written in Early Islam, trans. Uwe Vagelpohl (Routledge, 2006), pp. 111–41.

4. Michael Cook, ‘The Opponents of the Writing of Tradition in Early Islam’, Arabica, 1997, 44, 437–530.

5. Meir J. Kister, ‘Lataqraul-Qurana ala mushafiyyin wa-la tahmilu l-ilma ani l-sahafiyyin: Some Notes on the Transmission of Hadith’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 1998, 22, 127–62.

6. Paul Heck, ‘The Epistemological Problem of Writing in Islamic Civilization: Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi’s (d. 463/1071) Taqyid al-ilm’, Studia Islamica, 2002, 94, 85–114.

7. Harald Motzki, ‘The Author and his Work in the Islamic Literature of the First Centuries: The Case of Abd al-Razzaq’s Musannaf’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 2003, 28, 1–31.

8. James Robson, ‘Muslim Tradition: The Question of Authenticity’, Memoires and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 1951–2, 93, 84–102.

9. Wael Hallaq, ‘The Authenticity of Prophetic Hadith: A Pseudo-Problem’, Studia Islamica, 1999, 89, 75–90.

10. Herbert Berg, ‘Competing Paradigms in the Study of Islamic Origins: Qur’an 15: 89–91 and the Value of Isnads’, Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins (E. J. Brill, 2003), pp. 259–90.

11. John Burton, ‘Notes Towards a Fresh Perspective on the Islamic Sunna’, Bulletin of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, 1984, 11, 1, 3–17.

VOLUME II: Isnads: Transmission, Terminology, and The Issue of Dating

12. Joseph Schacht, ‘The Evidence of Isnads’, The Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence, 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 1953), pp. 163–75.

13. James Robson, ‘The Isnad in Muslim Tradition’, Transactions of the Glasgow University Oriental Society, 1953, XV, 15–26.

14. Gautier Juynboll, ‘The Date of the Great Fitna’, Arabica, 1973, 20, 142–59.

15. Harald Motzki, ‘Dating Muslim Traditions: A Survey’, Arabica, 2005, 52, 2, 204–53.

16. Michael Cook, ‘Eschatology and the Dating of Traditions’, Princeton Papers in Near Eastern Studies, 1992, 1, 23–47.

17. Andreas Görke, ‘Eschatology, History, and the Common Link’, Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins (E. J. Brill, 2003), pp. 179–208.

18. Mustafa Azami, ‘The Isnad System: Its Validity and Authenticity’, On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence (Islamic Texts Society, 1994), pp. 154–205.

19. G. H. A. Juynboll, ‘Nafi, the Mawla of Ibn Umar, and his Position in Muslim Hadith Literature’, Der Islam, 1993, 70, ii, 207–44.

20. Gautier Juynboll, ‘(Re)appraisal of Some Technical Terms in Hadith Science’, Islamic Law and Society, 2001, 8, 3, 303–49.

21. Halit Ozkan, ‘The Common Link and its Relation to the Madar’, Islamic Law and Society, 2004, 11, 1, 42–77.

22. El‘ad Amikam, ‘Some Aspects of the Islamic Traditions Regarding the Site of the Grave of Moses’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 1988, 11, 1–15.

23. Jonathan Brown, ‘Critical Rigor vs. Juridical Pragmatism: How Legal Theorists and Hadith Scholars Approached the Backgrowth of Isnads in the Genre of ilal al-hadith’, Islamic Law and Society, 2007, 14, 1, 1–42.

24. James Robson, ‘Varieties of the Hasan Tradition’, Journal of Semitic Studies, 1961, 6, 47–61.

25. James Robson, ‘Traditions from Individuals’, Journal of Semitic Studies, 1964, 9, 327–40.

26. Eerik Dickinson, ‘Ibn al-Salah al-Shahrazuri and the Isnad’, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2002, 122, 3, 481–505.

27. Leonard Librande, ‘The Categories High and Low as Reflections on the Rihlah and Kitaba in Islam’, Der Islam, 1978, 267–80.

28. Mehmet Akif Koc, ‘Isnads and Rijal Expertise in the Exegesis of Ibn Abi Hatim (327/939)’, Der Islam, 2005, 82, 146–68.

VOLUME III: Hadith: Scholarship, Perspectives, and Criticism

29. H. Motzki, ‘The Musannaf of Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani as a Source of Authentic Hadith of the First Century’, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1991, 50, 1–21.

30. Christopher Melchert, ‘The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: How it was Composed and What Distinguishes it From the Six Books’, Der Islam, 2005, 82, 32–51.

31. Scott Lucas, ‘Where are the Legal Hadith? A Study of the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shayba’, Islamic Law and Society, 2008, 15, 3, 283–314.

32. Susan Spectorsky, ‘Hadith in the Responses of Ishaq ibn Rahawayi’, Islamic Law and Society, 2001, 8, 3, 407-431.

33. Christopher Melchert, ‘Bukhari and Early Hadith Criticism’, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2001, 121, 1, 7–19.

34. Christopher Melchert, ‘The Life and Works of Abu Dawud al-Sijistani’, Al-Qantara, 2008, XXIX, 1, 9–44.

35. Jonathan Brown, ‘Criticism of the Proto-Hadith Canon: Al-Daraqutni’s Adjustment of the Sahihayn’, Journal of Islamic Studies, 2004, 15, 1, 1–37.

36. Jonathan Brown, ‘How We Know Early Hadith Critics Did Matn Criticism and Why It’s So Hard to Find’, Islamic Law & Society, 2008, 15, 2, 143–84.

37. John Nawas, ‘The Contribution of the Mawali to the Six Sunnite Canonical Collections’, Sebastian Gunther (ed.), Ideas, Images, and Methods of Portrayal: Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam (Brill, 2005), pp. 141–51.

38. Isabel Fierro, ‘The Introduction of Hadith in al-Andalus (2nd/8th–3rd/9th Centuries)’, Der Islam, 1989, 66, 68–93.

39. Christopher Melchert, ‘The Piety of the Hadith Folk’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2002, 34, 3, 425–39.

40. Vardit Tokatly, ‘The Alam al-Hadith of al-Khattabi: A Commentary on al-Bukhari’s Sahih or a Polemical Treatise’, Studia Islamica, 2001, 92, 53–92.

41. Etan Kohlberg, ‘Al-Usul al-arbaumia’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 1987, 10, 128–66.

42. Ron Buckley, ‘On the Origins of Shii Hadith’, Muslim World, 1998, 88, 2, 165–84.

43. Asma Afsaruddin, ‘An Insight into Hadith Methodology of Jamal al-Din Tawus’, Der Islam, 1995, 72, 25–46.

44. John. C Wilkinson, ‘Ibadi Hadith: an Essay on Normalization’, Der Islam, 1985, 62, 231-59.

45. Aisha Geissinger, ‘Portrayal of the Hajj as a Context for Women’s Exegesis: Textual Evidence in al-Bukhari’s al-Sahih’, in Sebastian Günther (ed.), Ideas, Images, and Methods of Portrayal: Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam (Brill, 2005), pp. 153–79.

46. Asma Sayeed, ‘Women and Hadith Transmission: Two Case Studies from Mamluk Damascus’, Studia Islamica, 2002, 95, 71–94.

47. Leonard T. Librande, ‘The Scholars of Hadith and the Retentive Memory’, Cahiers d’Onomastique Arabe, 1988–92, 1993, 39–48.

48. Mohammad Fadel, ‘Ibn Hajar’s Hady al-Sari: A Medieval Interpretation of the Structure of al-Bukhari’s Al-Jami al-Sahih: Introduction and Translation’, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1995, 54, 3, 161–97.

VOLUME IV: HadIth: Narrative, Context, and Content

49. Daniel Beaumont, ‘Hard-Boiled Narrative Discourse in Early Muslim Traditions’, Studia Islamica, 1996, 83, 5–31.

50. Sebastian Günther, ‘Modern Literary Theory Applied to Classical Arabic Texts: Hadith Revisited’, in Verena Klemm and Beatrice Grundler (eds.), Understanding Near Eastern Literatures (Harrassowitz, 2000), pp. 171–6.

51. Sebastian Günther, ‘Fictional Narration and Imagination within an Authoritative Framework: Towards a New Understanding of Hadith’, in Stefan Leder (ed.), Story-Telling in the Framework of Non-fictional Arabic Literature (Harrassowitz, 1998), pp. 433–71.

52. R. Speight Marston ‘Oral Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad: A Formulaic Approach’, Oral Tradition, 1989, 4, 27–37.

53. Stefan Sperl, ‘Man’s "Hollow Core": Ethics and Aesthetics in Hadith Literature and Classical Arabic Adab’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 2007, 70, 3, 459–86.

54. R. Marston Speight, ‘A Look at Variant Readings in the Hadith’, Der Islam, 2000, 77, 169–79.

55. Leah Kinberg, ‘Dreams as a Means to Evaluate Hadith’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 1999, 23, 79–99.

56. Patricia Crone, ‘"Even an Ethiopian Slave": The Transformation of a Sunni Tradition’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 1994, 57, 59–67.

57. Meir J. Kister, ‘On Concessions and Conduct: a Study in Early Hadith’, Studies on The First Century of Islamic Society (Carbondale and Edwardsville, 1982), pp. 89-107, 214-30.

58. Barbara Stowasser, ‘The Mothers of the Believers in the Hadith’, Muslim World, 1992, 82, 1-2, 1-36.

59. Neal Robinson, ‘Varieties of Pronouncement Stories in Sahih Muslim: A Gospel Genre in the Hadith Literature’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 1994, 5, 2, 123–46.

60. Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, ‘An Early Muslim Tradition in Light of its Christian Environment’, Edebiyat, 2003, 13, 1, 27–35.

61. Sa’diyya Shaikh, ‘Knowledge, Women, and Gender in the Hadith: A Feminist Interpretation’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 2004, 15, 1, 99–108.

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