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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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The History of the Adhān: a View from the Hadith Literature

The History of the Adhān: a View from the Hadith Literature

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(p.27) Chapter 2 The History of the Adhān: a View from the Hadith Literature
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Modern Hadith Studies
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Maroussia Bednarkiewicz

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441797.003.0003

The Qurʾan itself refers to a call to prayer (although using another term, nidāʾ, not adhān) without laying down a form. Several stories are told of how the call to prayer was originally formulated. Some describe fire, horns, and even semantrons as alternative means suggested or even tried at the earliest stage. Maroussia Bednarkiewicz traces variant wordings to different stages in history, regional centres, traditionists, and jurisprudents. Changes over time suggest that verbatim transmission was a low priority, yet an original core story can be discerned.

Keywords:   Qurʾān (Qur’an, Koran), hadith, adhān

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