An Orientalist’s View On The Isnaad System


A contemporary Christian author, Asad Rustum, a former history professor at the American University in Beirut, wrote a book about historical narrations. In his book, he depended on the principles of hadeeth criticism, admitting that they consist of the best methods to authenticate historical reports and narrations. He wrote in chapter 6:

“The achievements of the scholars of hadeeth in this regard, over hundreds of years, are indeed worthy of wonder and respect. Here are some of the exact phrases we relate to you from their books to show you their scholarly precision and to acknowledge their contribution and favor to history.”

He then begins to relate from Imaam Maalik, Imaam Muslim, Al-Ghazaalee, Al-Qaadee ‘Iyaad, and Ibn As-Salaah.

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