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ADV1617 Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari

Advanced Level, Islamic Scholarship Programme

Instructors

Shaykh M Akram Nadwi

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ADV1617 Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari

Module 1: Hadith Studies

Unit 1: Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari
Overview

This module involves the detailed study of hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari and the Sunan of al-Tirmidhi. The first unit on Sahih al-Bukhari will highlight the unique method used by al-Bukhari in extracting the narrations of his collection and understanding Islamic law and theology. In the process, chains of transmission (isnads) for the same hadith texts from other collections will be analysed to show why al-Bukhari only chose the chains that he did, and why he left the others, in line with his remarkably consistent and thorough methodology. Moreover, the criticisms of masters like al-Daraqutni against some of the narrations included by al-Bukhari will be fully discussed.

Primary Text

Sahih al-Bukhari

About the Text

The full name of Sahih al-Bukhari (according to Ibn Salah) is al-Jami’ al-Sahih al-Musnad al-Mukhtasar min umur Rasul Allah wa Sunanihi wa Ayyamihi. Bukhari travelled throughout the Abbasid-controlled lands from the age of 16, collecting over 300,000 hadith. One of Bukhari’s prominent teachers, Ishaq Ibn Rahwayh, requested him to compile a book of only authentic narrations of the Prophet, which led him to compile the Jami’. Bukhari finished his work around 846/231. In the remaining twenty-four years of his life, Bukhari made minor revisions to his book, notably the chapter headings. Each version is named by its narrator. According to Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani the number of hadiths in all the versions of Sahih al-Bukhari is the same. The most famous one today is the version narrated by al-Firabri (d. 320/932), a trusted student of al-Bukhari. Other narrations of al-Bukhari were transmitted through Ibrahim ibn Ma’qal (d. 295/907), Hammad ibn Shakir (d. 311/923), Mansur Burduzi (d. 319/931) and Husain Mahamili (d. 330/941). The importance of studying al-Bukhari’s work is the fact that it is held to be the most authentic book in Islam after the Qur’an. The two primary benefits to studying his book are: firstly, he collected, according to his criteria, all of the soundest hadith; secondly, he shows how these narrations are sufficient for one’s religion.

About the Author

Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Isma’il ibn Ibrahim ibn al-Mughira al-Ju’fi al-Bukhari was born in 194 AH and died in 256 AH, corresponding to 19th July 810 – September 870 CE. Al-Bukhari’s great-grandfather, al-Mughirah, settled in Bukhara after accepting Islam at the hands of Bukhara’s governor, Yaman al-Ju`fi. Al-Bukhari’s academic life in hadith began in the year 205 AH. He memorised the works of ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak while still a child. He was raised by his mother because his father died when he was an infant and began authoring books and narrating hadith as an adolescent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate hadith commentaries
  • Relate the level of authenticity of a hadith to its social, theological and spiritual application
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the criteria for hadith preference in legal applications
  • Investigate the primary source of hadith material in the analysis of religious issues
  • Understand how these same narrations can be understood and applied in our time to modern questions that the community faces.

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Course Fees: £449.00

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This course is part of the Advanced Level Islamic Scholarship Programme

Advanced Level Alimiyyah Course

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ADV1617 Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari

Advanced Level, Islamic Scholarship Programme

Instructors

Shaykh M Akram Nadwi

Ready to Enrol?

Course Fees: £449.00

I am interested in other courses offered by Al-Salam Institute

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ADV1617 Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari

Module 1: Hadith Studies

Unit 1: Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari
Overview

This module involves the detailed study of hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari and the Sunan of al-Tirmidhi. The first unit on Sahih al-Bukhari will highlight the unique method used by al-Bukhari in extracting the narrations of his collection and understanding Islamic law and theology. In the process, chains of transmission (isnads) for the same hadith texts from other collections will be analysed to show why al-Bukhari only chose the chains that he did, and why he left the others, in line with his remarkably consistent and thorough methodology. Moreover, the criticisms of masters like al-Daraqutni against some of the narrations included by al-Bukhari will be fully discussed.

Primary Text

Sahih al-Bukhari

About the Text

The full name of Sahih al-Bukhari (according to Ibn Salah) is al-Jami’ al-Sahih al-Musnad al-Mukhtasar min umur Rasul Allah wa Sunanihi wa Ayyamihi. Bukhari travelled throughout the Abbasid-controlled lands from the age of 16, collecting over 300,000 hadith. One of Bukhari’s prominent teachers, Ishaq Ibn Rahwayh, requested him to compile a book of only authentic narrations of the Prophet, which led him to compile the Jami’. Bukhari finished his work around 846/231. In the remaining twenty-four years of his life, Bukhari made minor revisions to his book, notably the chapter headings. Each version is named by its narrator. According to Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani the number of hadiths in all the versions of Sahih al-Bukhari is the same. The most famous one today is the version narrated by al-Firabri (d. 320/932), a trusted student of al-Bukhari. Other narrations of al-Bukhari were transmitted through Ibrahim ibn Ma’qal (d. 295/907), Hammad ibn Shakir (d. 311/923), Mansur Burduzi (d. 319/931) and Husain Mahamili (d. 330/941). The importance of studying al-Bukhari’s work is the fact that it is held to be the most authentic book in Islam after the Qur’an. The two primary benefits to studying his book are: firstly, he collected, according to his criteria, all of the soundest hadith; secondly, he shows how these narrations are sufficient for one’s religion.

About the Author

Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Isma’il ibn Ibrahim ibn al-Mughira al-Ju’fi al-Bukhari was born in 194 AH and died in 256 AH, corresponding to 19th July 810 – September 870 CE. Al-Bukhari’s great-grandfather, al-Mughirah, settled in Bukhara after accepting Islam at the hands of Bukhara’s governor, Yaman al-Ju`fi. Al-Bukhari’s academic life in hadith began in the year 205 AH. He memorised the works of ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak while still a child. He was raised by his mother because his father died when he was an infant and began authoring books and narrating hadith as an adolescent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate hadith commentaries
  • Relate the level of authenticity of a hadith to its social, theological and spiritual application
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the criteria for hadith preference in legal applications
  • Investigate the primary source of hadith material in the analysis of religious issues
  • Understand how these same narrations can be understood and applied in our time to modern questions that the community faces.

Ready to Enrol?

Course Fees: £449.00

I am interested in other courses offered by Al-Salam Institute

This course is part of the Advanced Level Islamic Scholarship Programme

Advanced Level Alimiyyah Course

Find out more >

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