RGS 432 Methodology of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

RGS 432 Methodology of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

RGS 432 Methodology of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

This course addresses the place of hadith in Islamic scholarship and the methodology of evaluating critically the authenticity of hadith narrations, as well as their classification in canonical texts. Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, actions and his approvals as reported by his companions have been collected separately as multi-volume hadith books. Collection of hadith books, their classification and authentication has been an integral part of Islamic scholarship. This subject will also cover the history of development of the science of hadith critique from the time of Prophet Muhammad (7th century) to the 10th century.