Understanding hadith science is crucial to understanding the foundations of Islamic theology, shariah, and Islamic thought. This book outlines the history, development, and current practice ofhadithscience with special attention to Shiʿa scholarship. It covershadithterminology, sources ofhadith, chains of narration, categories ofhadith, the criteria for accepting hadith narrators, and transmission ofhadith.Additionally, the book includes a translation of a seminal work onhadithstudies,Dirayat al-Hadith, by the renowned sixteenth-century Shiʿi scholar al-Shahid al-Thani – the work that paved the way for the modern Shiʿi study of hadith.
For the past decade,Introduction to Hadithhas been designated as a textbook in Islamic studies courses worldwide. The work is an essential read for anyone seeking to learn more abouthadithanalysis, Islamic law, Islamic history, or the Islamic scholarly heritage.