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.
- sahih hadith,
- sound hadith,
- hadith literature; hadith development; evolution of the concept of hadith;hadith,
- formative period of Islamic thought
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