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The Rules of Matn Criticism: There are No Rules

In an effort to avoid the subjectivity of individual reason, Sunni Islam elaborated a method of ḥadīth criticism that subordinated evaluating the meaning...

 

Faithful Dissenters: Sunni Skepticism about the Miracles of Saints

Faithful Dissenters – Sunni Skepticism about the Miracles of Saints Belief in the miracles of saints (karāmāt al-awliyāʾ) is a requirement in...

 
Misquoting Muhammad

Misquoting Muhammad

The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy   Named as one of the top books on religion of 2014 by The Independent…! ...

 

The Canonization of Ibn Mâjah: Authenticity vs. Utility in the Formation of the Sunni Ḥadîth Cano

Summary:   In Sunni Islam, the canonical ‘Six Books’ of hadith derive their authority as doctrinal references from scholarly consensus on their...

 
 

IS THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS? Tension Between Minimalism and Comprehensiveness in the Shariah

Summary: The comprehensiveness of Islamic law has been questioned seriously in the modern period by Muslim reformists like Rashīd Riḍā . Such reformists have...

 

Did the Prophet Say It or Not? The Literal, Historical, and Effective Truth of Hadīths in Early Sunnism

Summary The article contends that ahl-al-hadīth did not view the historical reliability of hadīths through the epistemological lens of later Sunni legal...

 

Critical Rigor vs. Juridical Pragmatism

Summary Modern scholarship has accepted the ‘backgrowth of isnāds’ in the early ḥadīth tradition, but this phenomenon did not occur without controversy among...