Academic Internet resources

Hadith and the Prophet Muhammad (Prof. Alan Godlas). A useful collection of links to on-line and searchable collections of the principal Sunni hadith texts plus biographical literature about Muhammad.

Bibliography of academic studies of hadith (Behnam Sadighi)

Advocacy Internet resources (presenting religious texts in an authoritative fashion representing particular theological positions).

Al-Islam.com (official Saudi Arabian site)

Shi`i hadith sources (Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project), including hadith by and about the Imams. Contains material on Ghadir Khumm (the place of Muhammad's designation of `Ali as his successor, according to Shi`i belief), the text of `Ali's sermons (Nahj al-Balagha), and a commentary by Ayatullah Khumayni on 40 hadith of the Prophet Muhammd.

Survey of book publications on hadith

Convenient anthologies

Moral teachings of Islam: prophetic traditions from al-Adab al- mufrad by Imam al-Bukhari; selected and translated with an introduction by Abdul Ali Hamid. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2003. A manual of manners with 238 hadith entitled by topic.

The Wisdom of the Prophet: sayings of Muhammad, trans. Thomas Cleary. Boston: Shambhala, 2001. A nice selection  of 224 sayings mostly from Bukhari and Nawawi (without references).

Muhammad b. al Hasan al-Hurr al-`Amili. Combat with the self. Translated by Nazmina A. Virjee. London: ICAS Press, 2003. A topical selection of moral sayings of Muhammad and the Shi`i Imams.

an-Nawawi's forty hadith, translated by Ezzedin Ibrahim and Denys
Johnson-Davies. Damascus: The Holy Koran Pub. House, 1977, 1976. A classic anthology that is highly treasured.

The Sayings of Muhammad: selected and translated from the Arabic by Neal Robinson. Hopewell, N.J.: Ecco Press, 1998. An excellent collection translated by a prominent British scholar.

Ali, Muhammad. A manual of hadith. Lahore, The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam [196?].

Special topics

Yahya, H. S. A. Importance of wildlife conservation from Islamic perspective. Delhi:Dept. of Wildlife Sciences, AMU Aligarh, India, 2003.

Jesus and Muhammad: the parallel sayings, ed. Joey Green.  Berkeley, Calif.: Seastone, 2003. This includes parallel passages from the Gospels alongside Qur'an and hadith.

Zaheer, Syed Iqbal. Fake pearls: a collection of unauthentic statements of the Prophet of Islam. Bangalore: Iqra Welfare Trust, 2001. An interesting example of how hadith criticism works, especially with reference to the reliability of transmitters.

Complete Sunni collections

Sahih al-Bukhari, Maulana Aftab-ud-din Ahmad. Lahore: Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`at-i-islam, 1973-1976.

Sahih Muslim, trans. `Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, with explanatory notes
and brief biographical sketches of major narrators. Lahore, Sh. Muhammad Ashraf [1971-75].Complete Sunni collections

Sunan Abu Dawud, trans. Ahmad Hasan. Lahore: Sh. M. Ashraf, 1984.

Sunan ibn-i-Majah, trans. Muhammad Tufail Ansari. Lahore, Pakistan: Kazi Publications, 1993-1996.

Sunan Nasa’i. Trans. Muhammad Iqbal Siddiqi. Lahore (Pakistan): Kazi, 1994.

Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik ibn Anas: the first formulation of Islamic law, translated by Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley. London ; New York: Kegan Paul International, 1989.

Al-Hadis: an English translation & commentary with Arabic text of Mishkat-ul-Masabih: being a collection of the most authentic sayings and doings and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (P.H.) selected from the most reliable collections of Hadis Literature, and containing all that an average Muslim or non-Muslim requires to know for guidance in all walks of life: with suitable arrangements into chapters and sections / by al-Haj Maulana Fazlul Karim. New Delhi, India: Islamic Education Center, 1998.

Khatib al-Tibrizi, Muhammad ibn `Abd Allah. Mishkat-ul-Masabih, trans. Muhammad Tufail Zaigham. Lahore, Pakistan: Kazi Publications, 1989.

Khatib al-Tibrizi, Muhammad ibn `Abd Allah. Mishkat al-Masabih , trans. James Robson. Lahore, Pakistan: S. M. Ashraf [1963-1965]

Shi`i collections

Nahjul Balagh: Peak of eloquence: sermons, letters, and sayings of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, trans. Sayed Ali Rezay. Elmhurst, N.Y.: Tahrike Tarsile Quran, 1984.

A Shi`ite anthology, trans. William C. Chittick; under the direction of and with an introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1981.

Hadith qudsi (divine sayings narrated by Muhammad)

Forty Hadith Qudsi selected and translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim, Denys Johnson-Davies. Cambridge, U.K.: Islamic Texts Society, 1997.

Ibn al-`Arabi. Divine sayings, trans. Stephen Hirtenstein and Martin Notcutt. Oxford: Anqa Pub., 2004. These include hadith qudsi orally transmitted to Ibn `Arabi, along with another section containing  others that he obtained from books.

Academic studies

Abou El Fadl, Khaled. And God knows the soldiers: the authoritative and authoritarian in Islamic discourses. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2001. An important discussion of the battle over ethics and religious authority among Muslims today, showing how hadith have been used to address contemporary issues.
   
Berg, Herbert. The development of exegesis in early Islam: the authenticity of Muslim literature from the formative period. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 2000. A representative of the hypercritical school, viewing the authenticity of hadith literature with great suspicion; employs a quantitive methodology to investigate chains of transmission.

Brown, Daniel W. Rethinking tradition in modern Islamic thought.  Cambridge, [England] ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. An admirable essay on the contemporary debates about hadith among Muslims.

Burton, John. An introduction to the Hadith. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1994.

Graham, William A. Divine word and prophetic word in early Islam: a reconsideration of the sources, with special reference to the Divine Saying or Hadith Qudsi. The Hague: Mouton, 1977.

Juynboll, G. H. A. The authenticity of the tradition literature; discussions in modern Egypt, by G. H. A. Juynboll. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1969.

Juynboll, G. H. A. Studies on the origins and uses of Islamic Hadith. Brookfield, Vt.: Variorum, 1996.

Mernissi, Fatima. The veil and the male elite: a feminist interpretation of women's rights in Islam; translated by Mary Jo Lakeland. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1991. Notable as an example of feminist re-reading of primary sources, challenging the authenticity of misogynist hadith sayings by questioning the transmitters.

Motzki, Harald., ed. Hadith: origins and developments. Burlington, VT: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004.


















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