Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur’an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad’s words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity. Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, Hadith: An Introduction is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam. Jonathan A.C. Brown is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction.
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|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Jonathan Brown demonstrates a great depth of knowledge as well as easy to follow reading style in this very informative book. He takes the reader (in my case a "lay-reader") from the early beginnings of the hadith tradition to the current (modern) debates around it. The book seems very objective, and the author injects his position by clearly specifying to be so throughout the book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the general topic of the history of hadith in Islam.