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Ibn Sa'd's Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir VOLs 1&2 English By S.M.Haq
[i#4170 3H5 2vol. set HB 1136pp Kitab Bhavan, 1st two books which cover Seerah, Life & Activities Ra]
Ibn Sa'd's Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir
2 Volumes Set
By Ibn Sa'd
Translated By S. Moinul Haq
Hardback 1136 Pages
Publisher : Kitab Bhavan(2009)
English Translation is Good
About the Book
In view of the importance of Ibn Sad’s Kitabal-Tabaqatal-Kabir as one of the earliest works on the biographical literature of Islam and a valuable source of information for the students of Islamic history as well as scholars engaged in research, the Society has decided to publish an English translation of this voluminous book. The Urdu translation of the Tabaqat was published by the Translation Bureau, Hyderabed Deccan, in 1944; this however is now out of print. Moreover, it does not contain the full chains of narrators as given in the original.
No doubts, many of the narrations included in the Tabaqat are fabricated and untrustworthy and cannot be accepted as authority, but the book is a vast mine of information, and the modern reader will find considerable material which is useful for the early history of Islam.
The complete book of this "Ilm-ul-Rijaal" ( meaning biographical informations) consists of 8 books, first two belongs to "Seerat-a-Muhammadi" and remaining consist of biographical information about famous personalities of Islam up to 9th century.
The Present Translations Consists of the First two Volumes which cover the sirah (biography) of the seal of the Prophets Muhammad (S.A.W)
About Muhammad Ibn Sa’d
Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Sa'd is one of the earliest authorities on Muslim biography.
He was born in 168AH in Basra, and died in 230 AH (845) at the age of 62. He moved to Baghdad where he studied under various people, specially Muhammad ibn Umar al-Waqidi. He came to be known as the secretary of al-Waqidi because of his close connection to him.
He also visited Kufa and Madina in the course of his quest for Knowledge.
Authorities such as as Ibn Hajar, adh-Dhahabi, al-Khatib al-Baghdadi and Ibn Khallikan have testified to his reliability.
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