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Modern Hadith StudiesContinuing Debates and New Approaches$
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Belal Abu-Alabbas, Christopher Melchert, and Michael Dann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474441797

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441797.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Modern Hadith Studies

Christopher Melchert

Edinburgh University Press

Ḥadīth’ means ‘speech’ in Arabic. Technically, it indicates a report or a body of reports (the Arabic word is used both ways, although there is also a plural, aḥādīth) of what the Prophet or some other authoritative teacher said. From hadith, Muslim jurisprudents infer the Sunnah, the pattern of behaviour that Muslims should follow. A hadith report normally comes in two parts, the ...

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