Course Name: Advanced Hadith Critical Methodology I
This course engages students in critical discussions of hadith methodology through an in-depth reading of Imam Taqī al-Dīn Ibn Ṣalāḥ al-Shahrazūrī’s (d. 643 AH/1245 CE) acclaimed technical manual of hadith studies, the Maʿrifat Anwāʿ ʿUlūm al-Ḥadīth, more commonly known as the Muqaddamat Ibn Ṣalāḥ. This “Introduction to the Sciences of the Hadith” comprises discussions on sixty-five key topics in the hadith critical methodology and due to its comprehensiveness and clarity, it has been considered the standard textbook and reference for advanced hadith studies since nearly the 7th century. The text will be explored along with a variety of its derivative abridgments, redactions, commentaries, and poetic renditions. Required reading will include Imam Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī’s (d. 911 AH/1505 CE)Tadrīb al-Rāwī, an exhaustive commentary on Imam Yaḥyā al-Nawawī’s (676 AH/1277 CE)al-Taqrīb along with the critical notes of Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAwwāmah.
Arabic Syntactic Compendia: Iẓhār al-Asrār