Kitab At-Tabaqat Al-Kabir Volume III: The Companions of Badr
Author : Muhammad Ibn Sa'd
Translator : Aisha Bewley
Hardback 541 Pages
Publisher : Ta-Ha Publishers, UK
About The Book
Kitab At-Tabaqat Al-Kabir by Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Sa‘d is one of the most important and earliest surviving collections of biographical details of the early Muslims, spanning just over the first two centuries of Islam.The scope of the work of Ibn Sa‘d covers the time of the Rashidun Khalifs, the Umayyads, and the ‘Abbasids.
This third volume of the Tabaqat (Volume III) deals with the Companions who were present at the Battle of Badr and with the Leaders of the Ansar who participated in the Pledge of ‘Aqaba.
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.
The Translator: Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley : is one of today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic work into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote.
For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more Accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Ash-Shifa of Qadi “Iyad. She is co-translator The Noble Qur'an A New Rendering of its Meaning in English. Other works include -Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik , Glossary of Islamic Terms, Islam: The Empowering of Women, Muslim Women A Biographical Dictionary, Published by Ta Ha London.
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