Introduction to Hadith (G1/A1)

Teacher: Dr Akram Nadwi
Frequency: See teaching schedule

This course will provide an introductory study to hadith studies and the six canonical hadith collections of Islam, known as al-Sahih al-Sittah that were compiled approximately 200 years after the death of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, by their respective authors.

The seven 90 minute sessions throughout the year will explore:

  • Introduction to hadith studies
  • Muwaṭṭa
  • Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī
  • Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim
  • Sunan Abī Dāwūd/Sunan at-Tirmidhī
  • Sunan an-Nasā’ī/Sunan Ibn Mājah
  • al-muhaddithat: women scholars in Islam

In each session, the author and his methodology will be introduced, and where possible a few hadith from a chapter will be read to demonstrate how these collections have been compiled.

Session 1: Introduction to Hadith studies

Introduce students to different aspects of the hadith sciences, such as the methodology used by traditionalists to authenticate hadiths; the practice of hadith study: travelling for hadith; taking notes; reading and hearing; and the compilation of hadith compendia; adducing and juxtaposing hadith texts to inform understanding of the religion as practice (norms and laws); the increasing sophistication of hadith criticism; and the gradual predominance of hadith texts as a record of the Prophetic Sunnah.  The course compares and contrasts the purpose and methodology of the authors to show how brilliant they were in their works, as well as giving biographical accounts, including anecdotal gems from the lives of these important imams of Islam.