The study of the origins, development and criticism of Hadith literature, as we have it today is essential in determining the extensive source of information about the history of pre-Islamic Arabian early Islam, the development of Arabic literature and Islamic law, as well as serving as a source of legislation for the Muslim world. The science is also very useful in providing insight into the thought processes and endeavours of early Islamic scholars, as well as to the many key theological, political and cultural movements that developed throughout the ages. It treats the subject of Hadith from all its different perspectives, such as the historical beginnings of the science, the onset of Hadith literature, compilation of Hadith works, the terminology and methodology within the science itself, authenticity and weakness of traditions, and the whole phenomenon of fabrication, to mention but a few of the topics elaborated in this work. The views of both classical as well as modern scholars are portrayed, resulting in an effective overview of the science of Hadith.
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