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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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Ibn al-Mubārak, Traditionist

Ibn al-Mubārak, Traditionist

(p.49) Chapter 3 Ibn al-Mubārak, Traditionist
Modern Hadith Studies

Christopher Melchert

Edinburgh University Press

Christopher Melchert. surveys modern scholarship in Arabic and English concerning this prominent eighth-century traditionist. The fullest is a book by Muḥammad Saʿīd ibn Muḥammad Bukhārī (2003). He goes on to review where Ibn al-Mubārak collected hadith, his tendency in law, and and his personal stances as to various controversies of his time, such as Shiʿism and the value of voluntary poverty. It also regretfully observes that later collectors such as Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal and al-Bukhārī reproduced hadith from such early figures as Ibn al-Mubārak according to their own convenience, as by providing them with short isnāds back to the Prophet. It was not their purpose to present a random sample of anyone’s learning, so we are limited in what we can infer from collections like theirs concerning the special activities and interests of traditionists a century before.

Keywords:   hadith, Islamic law, Ibn al-Mubārak

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