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Studies in Early Hadith Literature
Studies in Early Hadith Literature
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*[A5] Large Paperback - 508 pages, [English & Arabic]
by Muhammad Mustafa al-A'zami,
Published by The Islamic Book Trust.

Description :   'Studies In Early Hadith Literature' by M. M. Azami.

Ahadith are the repository of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which is the second principal source of Islamic legislation. Thus, literature on the nature and science of ahadith is the richest source of study and investigation of early Islamic history. It provides material for an understanding of the legal, cultural and religious ideas of this period.

This book contains a survey of the literary activities in pre-Islamic Arabia, and of the early days of Islam in the region. Then follows a discussion of whether or not the recording of the ahadith was permitted by the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to be proceeded by a comprehensive survey of pre-classical Hadith literature.

This book is an excellent source of in-depth study of the role of ahadith in the first years of Islam. It includes information on thousands of books circulating among scholars in the pre-classical period.


“No doubt the most important field of research, relative to the study of Hadith, is the discovery, verification, and evaluation of the smaller collections of Traditions antedating the six canonical collections of al-Bukhari, Muslim and the rest.

In this field Dr Azami has done pioneer work of the highest value, and he has done it according to the exact standards of scholarship. The thesis which he presented [in this book], and for which Cambridge conferred on him the degree of Ph.D., is in my opinion one of the most exciting and original investigations in this field of modern times.”---A.J Arberry.

Table of Contents :

---List of Abbreviations,



Chapter [1]. Literary activities in Pre and Early Islamic Arabia,
---The art of writing in Pre-Islamic Arabia,
---Schools and other literary activities in Pre-Islamic Arabia,
---The art of writing in Arabia in Early Islam,
---The educational policy of the Prophet, ﷺ,
---The outcome of the educational policy,
---Arabic literature in the first century of the Hijrah,
---Goldziher and Nicholson's conception of this literature,
---Goldziher's conception of the early Muslim community,
---Other forms of literary activity,
---Private-Public libraries.

Chapter [2]. Recording of Ahadith : An argument,
---The Prophet, ﷺ, and the writing of Ahadith,
---Misinterpretation of early scholars' statements about recording of Ahadith,

Chapter [3]. Pre-classical hadith literature,
---The terms kitab, nuskhah, etc. and their meanings,
---Information concerning Pre-classical hadith literature,
---The classification of the literary period,
---Dating of the scholars' lives,
---Writings of and from the Companions,
---Writings of and from the First Century Successors,
---Writings of and from scholars covering late first and early Second Centuries,
---Writings of and from the early Second Century scholars,

Chapter [4]. Tahammul al-'Ilm (the learning and transmitting of hadith),
---The teachers,
---Memorising the Ahadith of the Prophet, ﷺ, in the early days,
---The appearance of the books,
---The Atraf system and its effect,
---The curricula of education in the First Century,
---Teaching of Ahadith according to shuyukh,
---The method of teaching,
-----a. Oral recitation of Ahadith,
-----b. Reading from books,
-----c. Questions and Answers,
-----d. Dictating the Ahadith,
---------The method of dictation,
---------The Mustamlis,
---------To select someone for writing,
---------The employment of scribes for writing Ahadith,
---------The correction of written copies,
---------The writing materials,
---Students : Their ages,
------The number of students,
---School buildings,

Chapter [5].  The Book,
---Material for writing,
---The method of writing on the paper,
---Diacritical signs, dotting and other kinds of punctuation,
---Stealing of material,
---Adding external material in the body of a book,
---Books and the problems of authorship,
---Schacht and the authenticity of Musa b. 'Uqbah's authorship of Maghazi,

Chapter [6]. Isnad,
---The beginning of Isnad,
---The beginning of Isnad in hadith literature,
---Orientalists and Isnad,
---Professor Schacht and Isnad,
---Material for the study of Isnad,
---Schacht and the study of Isnad in legal literature,
---The methods of quoting traditions of early lawyers,
---The conclusion,
---Flourishing of Isnad's in the later part,
---Refutation of Schacht's theory of Flourishing of Isnad's,
---General conclusion about the growth of Isnad's,
---Schacht and the authenticity of Isnad's,
---Argument about Schacht's examples of the arbitrary character of Isnad's,
---Difficulties and the Isnad of Malik and Nafi,'
---Final conclusion.

Chapter [7]. Ahadith,
---The authenticity of Hadith,
---Schacht and the authenticity of Hadith,
---An outline of early legal activities of the First and Second Centuries 'After Hijri' as given by Schacht,
---Schacht's conception of the Nature of Law in Islam,
---Schacht's 'ancient schools of law' and the birth of an opposition party in their chronological setting,
---Schacht and "growth of legal traditions in the literary period"
---Argument about Schacht's examples of the growth of legal traditions,
---Schacht as the critic of Hadith on material grounds
---Wensinck as the critic of the tradition of Five Pillars of Islam on material ground - a refutation,

Chapter [8]. The Edited Texts,
---The manuscripts and their authors,
---The method of editing,
---Nuskhah of Suhail, authorship,
------Authenticity of the work,
---The Second manuscript, Hadith 'Ubayd 'Allah b. 'Umar,
------The authorship of the work,
------The authenticity of the work,
---The Third manuscript, Hadith Abi al-Yaman,
------The authorship of the work,
------The authenticity of the work,
---Muhammad b. Muslim b. 'Ubayd 'Allah b. Shihab al-Zuhri, his life and works,
------His education,
------His literary career,
------Al-Zuhri's relations with his students,
------Al-Zuhri and the diffusion of knowledge,
------His attitude towards the writing down of Hadith,
------Al-Zuhri and his critics,
------Al-Zuhri and the Umayyads,
---------Did Al-Zuhri provide a substitute for the pilgrimage?
---------Refutation of Al-Ya'qubi and Goldziher.

Appendices :
---I.    The meaning of the words Haddathana, etc
---II.   The problem of enormous numbers of Hadith,
---III.  Nuskhah of Zubayr b. 'Adi (a part of it),
---IV.  A folio fom Maghazi of Ibn Ishaq,
---V.   A folio from Sahih of Ibn Khuzaimah.

---General Index,

PART TWO : Arabic Section :
---The Edited Texts and Commentary.

Also see Isnad : New English translation,
Also see The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries.
Also see Hadith & Sunnah,
Also see Hadith : Academic.

*Dimensions : 22.6 x 15.2 x 3.1cm.

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