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Evolution in the Canonical Sunni Hadith Body of Literature and the Concept of an Authentic Hadith During the Formative Period of Islamic Tought as Based on Recent Western Scholarship
Arab Law Quarterly (2009)
Abstract

The aim of this article is to trace the development of the Hadith body of literature and theconcept of an authentic Hadith as defined by the classical Islamic sciences ( ulum-ul-hadith) during the formative years of Islamic thought as based primarily on Western schol-arship sources. Te first part of the article will describe the semantico-contextual changesin the meaning of the term Hadith during the period under examination. Te second part will present a brief chronological analysis of the development of the canonical Hadith lit-erature and the concept of an authentic Hadith during the first four generations of Mus-lims. Te progress of development of Hadith literature will, in particular, be traced inrelation to the development of the concept of an authentic Hadith, as defined by the classical Hadith sciences.

Keywords
  • sahih hadith,
  • sound hadith,
  • hadith literature; hadith development; evolution of the concept of hadith;hadith,
  • sunna,
  • formative period of Islamic thought
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
"Evolution in the Canonical Sunni Hadith Body of Literature and the Concept of an Authentic Hadith During the Formative Period of Islamic Tought as Based on Recent Western Scholarship" Arab Law Quarterly (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mallorca/49/