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?Ad?th as Scripture


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The Issue of Authority and Its On-Going Importance The Early Controversies: Sources and Issues Umar ibn al-Khattab and the Question of Hadith The Prophet's Reported Prohibition Al-Shafii and Ibn Qutayba: Prophetic Reports as Revelation Ibn Qutayba and the Hadith Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi's Taqyid al-Ilm Karaite Parallels The Question of Authority in the Modern Period The Current Controversies: Sources and Issues A Translation of Kitab Jima al-ilm The Book of the Amalgamation of Knowledge List of Qur'anic Verses

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Aisha Y. Musa is an assistant professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization.


"This book treats the debate among Muslims over the authority of hadith, which by the ninth century had been raised to the level of scripture. The author's main purpose is to show that modern Muslim thinkers who question its status as a source of law are not the first ones to do so and thus cannot be dismissed as inauthentic aberrations or the results of a western, colonialist plot to undermine Islam . . . Hadith as Scripture provides an intriguing introduction to these debates." - Devin J. Stewart, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

"The name of this little book is in itself a lesson. Quite early in Islamic history, the hadith, which had originally been used to fill gaps in the Muslim narrative, came to be seen as an element of Muslim faith. Many of today's Muslims view the hadith almost as sacrosanct and thus grant it the treatment of revealed scripture. This book, written in language suitable for the interested layperson or the academic ought to be a must-read for any person wanting to know more about or specialize in Islam." - Khaleel Mohammed, San Diego State University, USA

"The twin claims of Musa's historical argument are unimpeachable: the acceptance of hadith as a second source of scripture alongside the Qur'an was not a foregone conclusion and Shafi'i's role in making it so was significant" - Kecia Ali, Imam Shafi'i Scholar and Saint

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