This primer on understanding and studying hadith was authored by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi after the realization that "most students and researchers fail to properly understand the methodology of the books of hadith". With translation and critical editing by Dr Abu Zayd, this work is intended to serve as a general guide and essential primer to hadith studies, as well as provide an insightful commentary of three major works: Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Sunan al-Tirmidhi.
"This book is an important source for students of hadith, beginner or advanced, replete with much information and creative thought on hadith studies in particular, and Muslim intellectual history in general. Its significance lies in several things: [the author's] capability to reframe complicated issues in the field; following a brilliant and simple method that can both teach beginners and provoke advanced seekers..." Issam Eido - Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
About the author
Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who received in-depth training in the traditional Islamic disciplines at Nadwat al-Ulama (Lucknow, India) alongside a PhD in Arabic literature from Lucknow University. He spent several years as a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies where he conducted research on a number of topics including hadith and Sufi orders in India. He is the author of close to 30 books across the full range of the Islamic Sciences.