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Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature

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ISBN-13: 978-0892590117
ISBN-10: 0892590114
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: American Trust Publications (May 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892590114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892590117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is quite a useful little book. But it's definitely not something I would recommend to someone who hasn't read anything on Hadith at all.

Azami doesn't teach the hadith methodology in any systematic way. He spends more time on its history and demonstrating its early origins. His few chapters on the methodology isn't something I didn't know from Brown's work, mostly he just gives examples of a scholar talking about his critical methodology in a few short paragraphs. For example, he tells us about how Ibn Ma'in used to go around to the different students of a scholar looking to corroborate a story that he heard to check whether it was Hammad (the scholar) or his students who added mistakes to the story.

He goes through the basics of rijaal criticism too, but again, it's really not that great. Azami is a muhaddith. I think he should have really just taught the subject like he'd sit down and teach one of his students. He doesn't need to quote early scholars except as a part of the historical development.

What would have been really useful is if he could just devote a few chapters to some case studies. He could have shown us an isnaad diagram of some simple hadith example. Then he could have gone through every chain, given us biographical information on the transmitters, told us whether they could have met (and how we know), then look at the chains as a whole to see whether there is corroboration and why we can have confidence in the report. That would have been great. Unfortunately it's not included in this book.

Azami's book is, however, good for other stuff. His first section on "Tahammul al-Ilm (the transmission of knowledge)" is good.
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