The Origins of the Shīʿa: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in Eighth-Century Kūfa, by Najam Haider

Seyfeddin Kara

Abstract


http://dx.doi.org/10.12730/13091719.2016.72.153

The Origins of the Shīʿa: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in Eighth-Century Kūfa, by Najam Haider, (Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011), xvii + 276 pp., ISBN: 978-1-107-01071-0, £67.00 / $108.00 (hb)

(First paragraph)

Studying the early history of Islam has been largely problematic due to scarcity of reliable data and appropriate methods to assess them. The Muslim ḥadīth (report) corpus has been the main source of information for the study of early Islam, but the reliability of Muslim reports has come under scrutiny due to deficiencies outlined mainly in the works of Goldziher and Schacht. Consequently, Islamicists have grown increasingly suspicious of studies that rely on Muslim reports. However, recent methodological developments seem to be overcoming this general lack of trust in Muslim sources. One of the most significant breakthroughs was achieved in 1996 by Harald Motzki and Gregor Schoeler who, independently from each other, developed the isnād-cum-matn method into a robust method for dating and analysing Muslim reports. Since then, both scholars have shown in numerous studies that through the use of isnād-cum-matn, it is indeed possible to extract reliable historical data from Muslim reports.

Full Text:

FULL TEXT

References


Motzki, Harald. “Dating Muslim Traditions: A Survey.” Arabica 52, no. 2 (2005): 204-253. doi:10.1163/1570058053640349

———. “The Collection of the Qur’ān: A Reconsideration of Western Views in Light of Recent Methodological Developments.” Der Islam 78, no. 1 (2001): 1-34. doi:10.1515/islm.2001.78.1.1






Ilahiyat Studies: A Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, 2009-2019 eISSN 1309-1719

Design by Bursa İlahiyat Foundation