Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

Paperback Foundations of Islam

By (author) Jonathan A. C. Brown

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 224mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851686630
  • ISBN 13: 9781851686636
  • Sales rank: 90,157

Product description

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.

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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.