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Title: Ḥadīth-Amālī sessions : historical study of a forgotten tradition in Classical Islam
Author: Alsehail, Marzoug A. M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 2888
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is motivated by the shortage of research on the historical phenomenon ofḥadīth dictation sessions (al-amālī). It is the first to investigate the subject of ḥadīth dictation sessions, anextraordinary and highly-valued intellectual phenomenon in Islamic cultural history. It focusses on the writings ofal-Khaṭīb and al-Samcānī and compares them to other manuscripts on amālīheld in libraries in various parts of the Muslim world. The study has tried to bring together a large number of manuscripts to explore aspects of this area, imlā’ al-ḥadīth. The main objective of this research is to shed light on this important genre and to uncover itsmajor characteristics, structures and value, and ultimately to address the relative neglect this area of research has suffered. The major finding of this study is that amālī was the most highly-regarded and most trusted method in transmitting, preserving and analysing ḥadīthwithin scholarly cirlces. Alsothe study has demonstrated that al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī and al- Samcānī’s approachesare descriptive and lack the precision in regards to the main principles of imlā’, a method that was a particularlyrobustway of documenting only valid ḥadīth. The study also revealthat the claimsof several scholars to reviving this method are not accurate. Particularly, the study showsthat al-Suyūṭī did not lead a movement to revive the ḥadīth dictation sessions after Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ. This is the first dedicated study on imlā’ in either English or Arabic and should be of paticular interest to students of ḥadīth and scholars interested in pedagogical methods in the Medieval East and West.
Supervisor: Sheikh, Mustapha Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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