Upon successful completion of the course, students must be able to:
-Name the canonical collections of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (hadith)
-Reproduce explanations with examples in Arabic terminology and availability of credibility levels of hadiths
-Reproduce and explain through examples the terminology in Arabic of the different levels of acceptability of the hadith
-Read in Arabic brief hadiths that were taught in class
-Describe the basic structure of the collections
-Read introductory research literature on the topic in languages other than Greek
-Problematize and reflect on the academic and confessional approaches on the topic
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is a first introduction to the main texts of the Islamic Tradition, which apart from the Qur'an and its interpretations, are mainly the collections with the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (ḥadīth). It presents the role of the above texts in the formation of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) and Islamic Theology ('ilm al-Kalām) and Islamic dogmatics ('ilm al-Aqida) during the formative and early classical period. Students become familiar with the early canonical ḥadīth collections and the role of those collections in shaping the various forms of "orthodoxy" and un-orthodoxy in Islam.
Islam, Sunna, Hadith, Muslim Tradition
Additional bibliography for study
• Jonathan Brown's Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World, Oxford 2009
• Burton, J., An Introduction to the Hadith, Edinburgh 1994.
• Burton, John. Introduction to the Tradition (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000)
• Brown, J., The Canonization of Bukhārī and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunnī .adīth Canon, Leiden 2007.