Evolution in the Concept of Sunnah During the First Four Generations of Muslims in Relation to the Development of the Concept of an Authentic Hadīth as Based on Recent Western Scholarship

Adis Duderija, Evolution in the Concept of Sunnah during the First Four Generations of Muslims in Relation to the Development of the Concept of an Authentic Hadīth as Based on Recent Western Scholarship, Arab Law Quarterly, Volume 26, Number 4, January 2012, pp. 393-437

46 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2013

Date Written: September 20, 2013

Abstract

The aim of this article is to trace the evolution in the meaning of the concept of Sunnah prior to its classical definition, which largely confluences it with the concept of an authentic (sahīh) Hadīth as defined by the classical Hadīth sciences. This article will first describe the semanico-contextual changes in the meaning of the term Sunnah during the period under examination and then present a chronological analysis of the development of the concept ‘Sunnah’ in relation to the development of the concept ‘authentic Hadīth’. This article argues that during the first four generations of Muslims, the concept ‘Sunnah’ remained epistemologically independent of the concept ‘authentic Hadīth’ and that evaluation of Sunnah compliance with a certain practice or belief remained methodologically independent to that of the concept of an authentic Hadīth, as defined by classical ulūm al-hadīth sciences,

Keywords: Hadīth, Sunnah, formative period of Islamic thought, ulum ul hadith, salaf as salih

Suggested Citation

Duderija, Adis, Evolution in the Concept of Sunnah During the First Four Generations of Muslims in Relation to the Development of the Concept of an Authentic Hadīth as Based on Recent Western Scholarship (September 20, 2013). Adis Duderija, Evolution in the Concept of Sunnah during the First Four Generations of Muslims in Relation to the Development of the Concept of an Authentic Hadīth as Based on Recent Western Scholarship, Arab Law Quarterly, Volume 26, Number 4, January 2012, pp. 393-437. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2328552

Adis Duderija (Contact Author)

Griffith University ( email )

170 Kessels Road
Nathan, Queensland QLD 4111
Australia

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