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Book: The Sunna and its Status in Islamic Law

The purpose of the book “The Sunna and its Status in Islamic Law: The Search for a Sound Hadith” is to equip readers with a better understanding of the nature and scope of the concept of Sunna.

In this context, the discussion often focuses on the conceptual, epistemological, and hermeneutical relationship between the concepts of sunna and a sound (sahih) hadith, which was considered by many classical schools of thoughts (madhahib)-as documented in this volume- as the sunna’s only vehicle of embodiment and transmission thereby conceptually conflation the two concepts. Some scholarship exists, however, that point to the fact that during the formative period, this conceptual conflation of sunna and hadith did not exist.

This volume provides an overview of the nature and scope of the concept of Sunna both in pre-modern and modern Islamic discussions. The main focus is on shedding more light on the context in which the term Sunna in the major works of Islamic law and legal theory across all of the major madhahib was employed during the first six centuries Hijri.

Table of Contents
The concept of Sunna and its status in Islamic law
The concept of Sunna based on the analysis of Sira and historical works from the first three centuries of Islam
Uṣūl al-sunna: The Tenets of Islamic Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy According to the Traditionalists (Ahl al-ḥadīth)
The Concept of sunna in Mu‘tazilite Thought
The Sunnification of Ḥadīth and the Hadithification of sunna
The Concept of sunna in the Ibāḍī School
The Concept of sunna in Early and Medieval Ḥanafism
The Concept of sunna in the Early Shāfi‘ī Madhhab
From Tradition to Institution: sunna in the Early Ḥanbalī School
Sunna in the Ẓāhirī Madhhab
The Relative Status of Ḥadīth and sunna as Sources of Legal Authority vis-à-vis the Qur’ān in Muslim Modernist Thought

Bibliographic Information

Title: The Sunna and its Status in Islamic Law: The Search for a Sound Hadith

Editor: Adis Duderija

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

 Language: English and Lithuanian

Length: 256 pages


Pub.Date: October 15, 2015

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