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Negotiating meanings: history and principles of dealing with problematic ḥadīth texts.

Bin Jamil, Khairil Husaini (2020) Negotiating meanings: history and principles of dealing with problematic ḥadīth texts. In: The Inaugural Jamalullail Chair for Prophetic Sunnah International Conference (JCIC1): Engagement with Obscure Qurʾanic Verses and Ḥadīth Texts in Classical and Modern Literature, 18th-19th November 2020, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

As observed in the hadith interpretive discourse, an interpreter or commentator of hadith does not only explain the meaning and the message of a hadith, but rather occasionally deals with obscure, perplexing, difficult, conflicting or conflictive, as well as contradicting texts. This has been acknowledged not as a modern phenomenon, but it is as old as the beginning of the encounter between human rationality and hadith. Regardless of the debate pertaining to the authenticity and epistemic status of hadith, literature has granted us the opportunity to read through the experience of past notables in tackling the problematic content of hadith texts. In the modern scholarship of hadith, two sub areas have been established to engage with this subject: the study of mukhtalif al-hadith (contradictory hadith) and the more general study of mushkil al-hadith (problematic hadith). Both have contributed to the construct of strategies and principles in dealing with a particular type of problem in the hadith language. This paper briefly traces the development of concepts and literature germane to the subject and offers an overview of principles devised in those literature to resolve conflict, reconcile contradiction or even explain away certain problems. The survey is not limited to Sunni literature but covers as well discourse and works advanced by major sects that engaged with hadith or narration from the past. The aim is to learn a comprehensive trajectory of efforts and struggles laboured in the making of Islamic interpretive tradition.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hadith, problematic hadith, contradictory hadith, hadith criticism, text and meaning, hermeneutics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP100 Sacred books > BP135 Hadith literature. Traditions. Sunna
K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP100 Sources.Quran, Hadith, Ijma', Qiyas.
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Qur’an and Sunnah
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Khairil Husaini Bin Jamil
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2020 16:04
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2020 16:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/85701

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