Ahmad ibn Hanbal

Pages: 143
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Ahmad ibn Hanbal

Christopher Melchert

In this pioneering biography, Christopher Melchert examines the forefather of the fourth of the four principal Sunni schools of jurisprudence, the Hanbali.
Hardback
9781851684076 (27 Oct 2006)
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The Book

In this pioneering biography, Christopher Melchert examines the forefather of the fourth of the four principal Sunni schools of jurisprudence, the Hanbali. Upholding the view that the Qur'an was uncreated and the direct word of God, Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855) thought that the holy text should be read literally, rejecting any possibility for metaphorical or revisionist interpretation. Showing that even in his own lifetime, ibn Hanbal's followers were revising his doctrines in favour of a more commodious Islam, Melchert assesses the importance of ibn Hanbal's teachings and analyses their relevance in modern Sunni Islam.

 

CONTENTS


Introduction



 

CHAPTER 1: LIFE

Religious knowledge

Family man

Ahmad's character

The Inquisition

The end

 

CHAPTER 2: HADITH

The character of hadith

The age for collecting hadith

Writing down hadith

Ahmad's quest for hadith

The Musnad

Hadith criticism

 

CHAPTER 3: LAW

The spectrum of opinion in the ninth century

Hanbali literature

Ahmad's jurisprudence

The Hanbali school of law

 

CHAPTER 4: CORRECT BELIEF

Who is in, who is out?

What Ahmad believed

Rejected theological parties

Politics

Ahmad the fundamentalist?

Sunni theology after Ahmad

 

CHAPTER 5: PIETY

Ahmad and the renunciant tradition

An ideal within the range of most men

Ahmad's practice

 

CONCLUSION

 

Bibliography

Suggestions for further reading

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 143
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Dr Christopher Melchert is a lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. He has written numerous published articles on Islam and specifically Ahmad ibn Hanbal.