An Introduction to the Conservation of Hadith
In The Light of the Sahifah of Hammam ibn Munabbih
By Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah
Paperback 160 Pages
ISBN : 9789839154504
Publisher : Islamic Books Trust (IBT), Malaysia
About The Book
Since the past century, orientalist works had challenged the authenticity of Hadith material (sayings of the Prophet), claiming that these collections of hadiths were done orally and therefore subject to misreporting and alterations. Dr Hamidullah discovered very early collections of hadiths preserved in libraries in Turkey, France and Germany, and on the basis of these, refuted the misgivings spread by orientalists.
This work selects the collections of Hammam ibn Munabbih, a disciple of a companion of the Prophet to substantiate his arguments.
About The Author
Professor Dr Muhammad Hamidullah widely known across the Islamic world, in the Indian subcontinent and in Europe and North America for his seminal and outstanding contributions to the advancement of Islamic learning and to the dissemination of Islamic teachings in the Western world,
Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah was born in 1908 (Feb 19, 1908 / 16 Muharram 1326) and he obtained several degrees in Theology and Law from Osmania University in the state of Hyderabad Deccan (India). He also studied in Germany and France where he received his PhD degrees (he had more than one PhD) in International Law. He was a law professor in his native city. He then settled in France but later moved to the United States in 1996. The professor never married. He had been taken care of by the grand-daughter of his brother.
His book, Introduction to Islam, was translated into at least a dozen languages and it became so popular that it is used as a textbook in Russia as well as other countries. His book, The Muslim Conduct of State, was a groundbreaking work in Muslim International Law. A series of his lectures, delivered at Bhawalpur, Pakistan, were translated into English, under the title of Emergence of Islam and it is also very popular among his other original works.
Dr. Hamidullah passed away on Dec 17, 2002, in Jacksonville, FL in his sleep after praying Fajr at the home of his host sister Sadida who is his brother's granddaughter. He was 94 years old. His funeral prayers were led by a Turkish-American scholar Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, Imam Islamic Association of North Texas.
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