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Book: Modern Hadith Studies: Continuing Debates and New Approaches

This book brings together western and Middle Eastern scholars to explore medieval and modern approaches to the study of Hadith.

This book is dedicated to examining the various methods and trends in Hadith Studies across the globe. Bringing together contributions from 10 scholars of Hadith, it addresses the subject from a variety of methodological vantage points and historical premises. It first looks at methods and approaches, and then presents five case studies focusing on specific questions and issues. Some of these authors seek to overturn, refine or reaffirm dominant paradigms within the field, while others look to expand its horizons in new directions. The global scope, and coverage of both longstanding debates and cutting edge methods and approaches, means this book will make a significant contribution to a controversial and challenging field.

The book brings together western and Middle Eastern scholars to explore medieval and modern approaches to the study of Hadith

  • Explores and analyses state-of-the-art scholarship in Hadith studies in Middle Eastern and Western contexts, covering a variety of approaches and methods to studying and evaluating the Hadith corpus
  • Addresses several methodological issues and questions in evaluating Hadith reports
  • Provides a rich analysis of the global trends in Hadith studies, affording a broad understanding of the field and bringing together contributions from scholarly communities typically inaccessible to one another

About the Editors

Belal Abu-Alabbas is British Academy Newton International Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Lecturer at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He publishes in the fields of Islamic intellectual history, Islamic legal thought, and the history of the hadith corpus.

Christopher Melchert is a Professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E (Brill, 1997), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Makers of the Muslim World) (Oneworld, 2006) and Hadith, Piety, and Law: Selected Studies (Lockwood, 2015)

Table of Contents

Christopher Melchert

  1. Kunnā nakrahu al-kitāb: Scripture, Transmission of Knowledge, and Politics in the Second Century AH (719–816 CE)
    Pavel Pavlovitch
  2. The History of the adhān: A View from the Hadith Literature
    Maroussia Bednarkiewicz
  3. Ibn al-Mubārak, Traditionist
    Christopher Melchert
  4. Early ‘Traditionist Sufis’: A Network Analysis
    Jeremy Farrell
  5. The Common Link and its Relation to Hadith Terminology
    Ali Aghaei
  6. Hadith Criticism between Traditionists and Jurisprudents
    Mutaz al-Khatib
  7. Hadith Criticism in the Levant in the Twentieth Century: From ẓāhir al-isnād to ʿilal al-ḥadīth
    Ahmad Snober
  8. The Reception and Representation of Western Hadith Studies in Turkish Academe
    Fatma Kızıl
  9. Can Different Questions Yield the Same Answers? Islamic and Western Scholarship on Shīʿī Narrators in the Sunnī Tradition
    Michael Dann

Bibliographic Information

Title: Modern Hadith Studies: Continuing Debates and New Approaches

Editors: Belal Abu-Alabbas, Christopher Melchert and Michael Dann

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

 Language: English

Length: 232

ISBN: 9781474441797

Pub. Date: August 2020

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