Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | The Hadith Sciences
N695 | 26042 | Afsaruddin

This graduate seminar will focus on the study of hadith and include
the following topics: the status and authority of hadith as the
second source of law; its role in exegesis; the traditional
classification of hadith on the basis of isnad (chain of
transmission) and matn (text) analysis; the problem of fabricated
hadith (mawdu‘at), differences and harmonization of hadith
(mukhtalif al-hadith), among others.  Excerpts from texts to be
read, as time permits, include: Ibn al-Salah’s Kitab ma‘rifat
anwa’ ‘ilm al-hadith (better known as al-Muqaddima); rijal works
such as al-Bukhari’s Ta’rikh; al-Mizzi’s Tahdhib al-kamal fi asma’
al-rijal, al-Nasa’i’s Kitab al-du‘afa wa al-matrukin; and Ibn
Qutayba’s Ta’wil mukhtalif al-hadith.   All readings are in Arabic;
students must be beyond the intermediate level of Arabic at the
university level (a minimum of two years of formal instruction) to
take this seminar.