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Salaam Alaykum everyone. This is just a post letting anyone who cares that I'm still writing, it's just that the last semester has been a very hectic one. Now that winter break is here, I should have time to get back to writing again, even though Ramadan and other commitments have admittedly taken much of my free … Continue reading I’m currently reading…

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On the origins of the Isnad: Ibn Sirin’s statement and Schacht’s interpretation of it

One of Schacht's underlying contentions behind his magnum opus, "The Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence", is that hadith literature did not exist in the first century of Islam. This obviously means that the isnads - the chains of narration that link a hadith report back to the Prophet - are almost completely fictitious. They cannot trace information back to the first century … Continue reading On the origins of the Isnad: Ibn Sirin’s statement and Schacht’s interpretation of it