AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF THE HADITH

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An Introduction to the Science of the Hadith Kitab Ma'rifat anwa' 'ilm al-hadith              by Ibn al-Salah al-Shahrazuri translated by Dr Eerik Dickinson                                        reviewed by Professor Muneer Farid 

385 pages PB 2006 UK

After the Qur'an itself, the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad form the most important foundation of Islamic thought. The hadith were accounts -- usually brief -- of the words and actions of the Prophet. As such, they were subjected to intense scrutiny by generations of Muslim scholars.

Better know as the Muqaddima, Ibn al-Salah (1181-1245) composed this work while serving as the head of the Dar al-Hadith al-Ashrafiya in Damascus, one of the most prestigious institutions for the study of hadith in the Islamic world. He provides a complete overview of the science devoted to the study of the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, and also a guide to the terminology and techniques of the scholars of hadith as it summarizes most of the previous work on the subject and forms the basis of almost all later activity in the field.

The book enjoyed immense popularity and influenced most subsequent writing on the subject.

Ibn Al-Salah Al-Shahrazuri Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Mahmud Shahrazuri was a 13th century Kurdish physician and philosopher of the Ilkhanate and late Abbasid era of Iran. Shahrazuri was an important historian and scholar of the late 13th century who composed a biographical dictionary of both ancient Greek and early Muslim learned men. Although he wrote a major work on the biographies of scholars, his own life is virtually unknown, for neither his birth nor death dates are certain. Edward Granville Browne mentions two medical works attributed to him, one in Arabic, and another in Persian language.(E. Browne, p.100)



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