Introduction to Hadith
‘Abd al-Hadi al-Fadli
Including Dirayat al-Hadith by al-Shahid al-Thani
Translated by Nazmina Virjee
Although Hadith science can often seem inscrutable, understanding Hadith science is crucial to understanding the foundations of Islamic theology, shariah, and Islamic thought. This book outlines the history, development, and current practice of Hadith science with special attention to Shi’a scholarship.
Introduction to Hadith covers hadith terminology, sources of hadith, chains of narration, categories of hadith, the criteria for hadith narrators, and transmission of hadith. Additionally, it includes a translation of a seminal work on Hadith studies, Dirayat al-Hadith, by the renowned sixteenth-century Shi’a scholar al-Shahid al-Thani – the work that paved the way for the modern Shi’a study of Hadith.
For the past decade Introduction to Hadith has been designated as a textbook in Islamic studies courses worldwide. This is an essential read for anyone seeking to learn more about hadith analysis, Islamix Law, Islamic history, or the Islamic scholarly heritage.