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The Nuzhah of Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852/1449); a translation & critical commentary

Hussain, Ather Shahbaz (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This subject of this thesis is Nuzhat al-nazar fī tawdīh Nukhbat al-fikar, a manual written by Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalānī (d. 852/1449), outlining the science of prophetic traditions (‘ilm al-hadīth). The thesis aims to fulfill two tasks. Firstly, an accurate and accessible translation of the Nuzhah will be presented in English. Secondly, this will be coupled with a detailed and critical commentary of Ibn Hajar’s work. This commentary will assess the worth of the Nuzhah in many ways; the writings of Ibn Hajar will be analysed to learn what it said about the climate of the ninth Islamic century, by comparing it with the works of Muslim scholars before and after Ibn Hajar. Additionally, where the works of modern, non-Muslim scholars such as Schacht and Juynboll are mentioned, it will be with the purpose to show the interaction with their Muslim counterparts. Themes such as the use of technical terms in the discipline, the importance of seniority and the pedagogical nature of the Nuzhah will also be discussed.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Thomas, David
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philsophy, Theology and Religion
Subjects:BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3405
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