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Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins
     

Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins

by Herbert Berg
 

ISBN-10: 9004126023

ISBN-13: 9789004126022

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This volume deals with the methodological and theoretical issues of the study of Islamic origins. Each of the twelve articles examines a different aspect of Islamic origins: early Islamic history including the life of the Prophet, the Sunna and ḥadīth, tafsīr and the Qur'ān, and the rise of Islamic law. Both sceptical (or revisionist)

Overview

This volume deals with the methodological and theoretical issues of the study of Islamic origins. Each of the twelve articles examines a different aspect of Islamic origins: early Islamic history including the life of the Prophet, the Sunna and ḥadīth, tafsīr and the Qur'ān, and the rise of Islamic law. Both sceptical (or revisionist) scholars and sanguine (or traditionalist) scholars examine and employ the various contemporary theories on the development of Islam in the first 3 centuries A.H. In so doing, they seek to exemplify the sources and methodologies used to support these theories and to discuss their relative merits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004126022
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Islamic History and Civilization Series , #49
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxi
List of Contributorsxiii
A.History and Sirah
Res Ipsa Loquitur: History and Mimesis3
Foundations for a New Biography of Muhammad: The Production and Evaluation of the Corpus of Traditions according to Urwah b. al-Zubayr21
King Ibn Ubayy and the Qussas29
Prophets and Caliphs: The Biblical Foundations of the Umayyad Authority73
Reconstructing Early Islam: Truth and Consequences101
B.Sunnah and Hadith
Quran and Sunnah: A Case of Cultural Disjunction137
Conflicting Images of Lawgivers: The Caliph and the Prophet: Sunnat Umar and Sunnat Muhammad159
Eschatology, History, and the Common Link: A Study in Methodology179
C.Quran and Tafsir
The Question of the Authenticity of Muslim Traditions Reconsidered: A Review Article211
Competing Paradigms in Islamic Origins: Quran 15:89-91 and the Value of Isnads259
D.Shariah and Fiqh
The Early History of Islamic Law293
A Unique Manuscript from Kairouan in the British Library: The Sama-Work of Ibn al-Qasim al-Utaqi and Issues of Methodology325
Bibliography369
Index397

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