Course Name: Introduction to Hadith Source Criticism: Grading Reports in Ibn Mājah’s Sunan
This course introduces students to the critical analysis of hadith reporters and chains through an elaborate study of the zawā’id reports of Ibn Mājah’s Sunan, i.e. the reports unique to Ibn Mājah’s Sunan and not found in any of the other six canonical hadith collections, the Ṣaḥīḥs of al-Bukhārī and Muslim and the Sunan works of al-Nasāʾī, Abū Dāwūd, and al-Tirmidhī. While students will analyze both the hadith texts and chains, particular focus is placed on the critical analysis of hadith narrators and the evaluation of their narrations. Thus, students will be introduced to a practical study of ʿilm al-rijāl (the science of narrative biographies) through the study of a canonical hadith text.
Introduction to Hadith Source Criticism: Grading Reports in Ibn Mājah’s Sunan