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Title: The life of az-Zuhri and his scholarship in Qur'anic sciences and tradition (hadith and sunna)
Author: Hafiz, Abd-ar-Rahman Mahmud
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1977
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Az-Zuhri Mohammad b. Muslim b. 'Ubayd-Allah b. 'Abd-Allahb. Shihib (52-124 A.H.) was the most learned scholar of the Umayyad period and one of the most distinguished scholars of Islam in Qur'anic sciences , Tradition (hadith and sunna), jurisprudence, the life history of the Prophet and genealogy. In spite of the fame which he achieved and the contribution which he made in respect of the religious sciences, and in spite of the deep influence which he exerted in this field, no attempt has been made so far to study his life and work - a gap which the present thesis seeks to fill. As the title suggests, the aim of the present work is to study his life and scholarship in Qur'anic sciences and Tradition (hadith and sunna), the most significant of all the religious sciences in which he distinguished himself. The thesis is divided into two parts. The first part, which is devoted to the study of az-Zuhri's life, consists of two chapters. Chapter I deals with the clan and family of az-Zuhri, his childhood and his educational attainments in Mecca and Medina. Chapter II speaks about his relationship with the Umayyad caliphs, the influence he exerted upon them, the positions he held under them, his intellectual status, and the lively interest which he displayed in disseminating the religious sciences. The second part, which is devoted to the study of az-Zuhri's scholarship in Qur'anic sciences and Tradition (hadith and sunna), also consists of two chapters. In chapter III an attempt is made to examine the most significant viewpoints of az-Zuhri in respect of the Qur'anic readings, to indicate the reading which he has selected from the seven original Qur'anic readings, his method in Qur'anic exegesis, and to analyse his works, Tanzil al-Qur'an and Mans Ukh al-Qur'an, which remain in manuscript form. Chapter IV deals with his eagerness and enthusiasm in teaching and criticism, codification and compilation of Traditions his methods in the transmission of Traditions and his sources. This study is based on materials derived from unique manuscripts and other primary sources, and seeks to bring to light significant features in az-Zuhri's life and scholarship in the Qur'anic sciences and in Tradition (hadith and sunna). It also brings out some important facts in the history ofthe Qur'anic sciences and Tradition during the Umayyad period.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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