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Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy

Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy

by Jonathan A.C. Brown
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ISBN-13: 9781780747828
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 670,487
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jonathan A.C. Brown is an associate professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. His books include Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction and Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Notes on Dates, Transliteration, Abbreviations and Citations xxi

1 The Problem(S) with Islam 1

A world full of God 1

Taking Islamic scripture and its interpreters seriously 5

2 A Map of the Islamic Interpretive Tradition 15

The word of God, the teachings of His Prophet and the mind of man 17

Obey God and obey His Messenger 18

The beginnings of the Islamic interpretive tradition 20

Abu Hanifa and the Partisans of Reason 24

Malik and the authority of custom 28

The power of reason: the Greek legacy and Islamic theology 31

Shaft and the beginnings of Sunni Islam 35

The collection and criticism of Hadiths 39

Putting reason in its place in Sunni theology and law 41

The great convergence of Sunni Islam 46

Legal theory and its discontents 52

Sufism and inspiration from God 57

The iconoclasts and Islamic revival 62

Twilight of an era 67

3 The Fragile Truth of Scripture 69

A crisis of confidence 70

Canons and reading scripture with charity 72

The turning over of an era 78

Reading scripture so it's true 79

Vie Islamic science of epistemology and interpretation (Usul al-Fiqh) 83

The language of God and the rhetoric of His Prophet 89

The Qur'an: valid for all times and places 91

Hadiths and interpreting the life of the Prophet 94

Changing times and the reasons behind scriptural law 96

Vie interaction of the Quran and Hadiths in time 97

Into the weeds: the case of raising one's hands in prayer 103

The summer of the liberal age 109

4 Clinging to the Canon in a Ruptured World 114

Upstarts at the end of time 114

The treason of interpretation 116

Heresy acceptable; ruptures in canonical communities 118

Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them: jihad and (re)interpreting scripture 121

Women cannot lead: historicizing scripture versus God's inscrutable law 130

Sex with little girls: interpreting scripture amid changing norms 141

The ulama, the state and Shariah authenticity without scripture 148

The court must not be political-morality and truth in a ruptured world 157

5 Muslim Martin Luthers and the Paradox of Tradition 161

The paradox of interpretive control 161

The rule of interpretation in the conflict between Sunni and Shiite Islam 168

Tradition as governor, scripture as subject 175

Killing one's children: tradition betraying scripture 179

Reconsidering the penalty for apostasy: tradition redeeming scripture 186

Women leading prayer: should scripture trump tradition? 189

The 'Qur'an Only' movement 200

No escaping tradition 204

The price of reformation 207

Vie guide of tradition: a necessary but thankless job 214

6 Lying About the Prophet of God 216

The truth, what's that? 218

Noble Lies and profound truths 220

The ulama as guardians 223

Appealing to the flesh: using unreliable Hadiths in Sunni Islam 229

A familiar habit: assisting truth in Western scripture and historiography 233

Seventy-two virgins: pragmatic truth and the heavenly reward of martyrs 238

The cost of Noble Lying 247

Muslim objections to the Noble Lie 250

Genre versus book: reviving an old approach to authenticating Hadiths 256

The dangers of Noble Lying for Muslims today 260

Pragmatic truth and the beauty of Noble Lying 263

7 When Scripture Can't Be True 267

The Qur'an and domestic violence 268

Who decides what God means? 272

Courts have the final word 280

Saying 'no' to the text and the hermeneutics of suspicion 286

Appendix I Marracci and Ockley on Aisha's Marriage to the Prophet 291

Appendix II Hadiths on a Parent Killing His Child 294

Ratings of the Hadith by Muslim critics 294

Examination of individual narrations 294

My evaluation of the Hadith 296

Citations for Hadith of a Father Killing His Child 296

Appendix III The Hadith of Riba and Incest 298

Ratings by Hadith critics 29% My evaluation of the Hadith of Riba and Incest 299

Citations for the Hadith 300

Appendix IV The Hadith of the Seventy-Two Virgins 302

Overall rating 304

Citations for the Hadith of the Seventy-Two Virgins 305

Notes 307

Select Bibliography 331

Index 349

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