Hadith

Pages: 368
Subject: Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld

Hadith

Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

Jonathan A. C. Brown

An updated edition of the leading introduction to hadith
Paperback
9781786073075 (7 Dec 2017)
RRP £25.00 / US$29.95
Paperback
9781851686636 (1 Jun 2009)
RRP £19.99 / US$29.95

The Book

Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur'an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad's words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity.



Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, this work is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Pages 368
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Jonathan A. C. Brown is Associate Professor and Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University. He is the author of Misquoting Muhammad, which is also published by Oneworld. He lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews

‘A must read and a great read. The combination of impeccable, critical scholarship with a storyteller's style has produced an introductory volume that is both substantive and remarkably engaging.'

- John L. Esposito, Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

‘A comprehensive study of the scholarship throughout Islamic history dealing with the Traditions of the Prophet. A synthesis of critical analysis and informed understanding that presents a significant new perspective on a much-debated subject.'

- John O. Voll, Professor Emeritus of Islamic History, Georgetown University

‘This work is, in my opinion, without parallel in the English language. Stunning in its scope, it enables one to grasp a highly complex subject in well-written and clear prose. The knowledge of Islam is of utmost importance today, and this book bridges a yawning gap in our access to that knowledge in English. It's essential reading for any serious student of Islam limited by language.'

- Hamza Yusuf Hanson, president and co-founder, Zaytuna College