Mukhtaṣar jāmi' al-uṣūl fī aḥādīth al-rasūl by Abū Ja'far al Marwazī al-Astarabādī
This thesis consists of a critical edition of the first volume of Mukhtaṣar Jāmi' al-Uṣūl by Abu Ja’far al-Marwazi al-Astarabadi, made from the only known MS, preserved in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Use has also been made in the edition of the published text of the work abridged by al-Astarabadi, Ibn al-Athir’s Jāmi' al-Uṣūl, and the canonical works of h'adith cited by the two authors. The Arabic text occupies Part two of the thesis. Part one comprises the introduction, dealing with the description of the MS, the character of the two works and al-Astarabadi’s purpose, as recorded by him in his preface, in abridging Ibn al-Athir’s work, and his method of doing so. Brief biographies of the two authors are also given; that of al-Astarabadi is necessarily so, since little information concerning him appears in the standard sources. Notes on the edition are also provided, together with the notes on the contents of the work, comprehensive indices and a full bibliography.