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Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development and Special Features (Islamic Texts Society) [Paperback]

Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi

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1 Jun 1993 Islamic Texts Society
The 'hadith', the sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, form a sacred literature which for the Muslims ranks second in importance only to the Qur'an itself. As a source of law, ethics and doctrine, the vast corpus of 'hadith' continue to exercise decisive influence. Islamic scholarship has hence devoted immense efforts to gathering and classifying the 'hadith', and ensuring their authenticity. This book is the only introduction in English which presents all the aspects of the subject. It explains the origin of the literature, the evolution of the 'isnad' system, the troubled relationship between scholars and the state, the problem of falsification, and the gradual development of a systematic approach to the material. This edition is a fully revised and updated version of the original, which was first published in 1961 to considerable scholarly acclaim. Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi was Professor of Islamic Culture at the University of Calcutta.

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'A well-informed and commendable thesis...a valuable contribution to Hadith scholarship.' Mohammed Yusufuddin -- Islamic Culture

'An excellent introduction to the subject, presenting it with considerable detail.' James Robson -- The Muslim World

'Professor Siddiqi is to be congratulated on this richly documented and highly readable book.' S. D. Goitein -- Journal of the American Oriental Society

‘A well-informed and commendable thesis...a valuable contribution to Hadith scholarship.’ -- Mohammed Yusufuddin (Islamic Culture)

‘An excellent introduction to the subject, presenting it with considerable detail.’ -- James Robson (The Muslim World)

‘Professor Siddiqi is to be congratulated on this richly documented and highly readable book.’ -- S. D. Goitein (Journal of the American Oriental Society)

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The author, Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi, was Professor of Islamic Culture in the University of Calcutta.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! 9 July 2005
By Bay Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my favorite book on the science of hadith, and is a great companion to books by Mustafa Azami. Edited by T.J. Winter, it even includes an appendix on women scholars. Sure it doesn't cover Shia matters, but they a small minority sect outside the centers of the faith. In any case, there's hardly anything in English that covers matter in more depth from a Muslim perspective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Story of Hadith 16 May 2001
By Muzaffer Muctehitzade - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is mainly about the development of Hadith. Author also tries to prove that the science of Hadith has started before or at least with the Islam and not like some Orientalists think after 2-300 years of Islam. Author explains the classifications of the Hadiths, Isnads and Hadith writers, their life, how they were teaching and spreading. A lot of references are given to each claim so I suppose the descriptions given are real and not fantasy. Each major Hadith writer is briefly described with littel autobiography. Overall it is more like Historical text rather than techinal or philosophical explanations. There is no mention of hadits from Shia sources so it is stricly Sunni origin. Shia sources are as though non-existent so from this perspectiv I did not find it very objective. There is a nice Appendix at the end as a response to Goldziher or Schacht or people in their opinion.
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