The study traces in careful detail the historical development of the oral and written traditions, as well as the many targeted attempts at fabrication that took place, critiquing in methodical detail certain Hadith which have come to bewidely accepted as “authentic.” The prominent collections we have today, were made possible by the development of the science of Hadith criticism, and Muslim scholars deserve deepappreciation for their painstaking work, as well as their invaluable contribution towards preserving the Hadith literature to the best of their ability. However, insists the author, the process is ongoing, and the closed door policy which currently surrounds Hadith authentication needs to be carefully reexamined.
Dr. Israr Khan has a PhD in Theology from Aligarh Muslim University, India. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). His main fields of study, teaching, and research are Qur’anic Studies and Hadith Studies. He has translated several Islamic Studies titles from Arabic into Urdu, English, and Hindi and has authored several works in English: Qur’anic Studies: An Introduction, The Theory of Abrogation: A Critical Evaluation, and Understanding the Qur’an: A Reflection. On the Editorial Board of several international academic journals, including Intellectual Discourse (by IIUM), he has also published a number of articles in international refereed journals and presented many papers at international conferences and seminars.