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Ahmad Ibn Hanbal

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ISBN-10: 1851684077

ISBN-13: 9781851684076

Edition: 2006

Authors: Christopher Melchert

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Christopher Melchert examines the forefather of the fourth of the four principal Sunni schools of jurisprudence, the Hanbali. Upholding the view that the Qur'an was uncreated and the direct word of God, Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855) thought that the holy text should be read literally, rejecting any possibility for metaphorical or revisionist interpretation. Melchert assesses the importance of ibn Hanbal's teachings and analyses their relevance in modern Sunni Islam.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Margaret Larkin is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley University. Author of The Theology of Meaning: 'Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani's Theory of Discourse, she has also written numerous scholarly articles on both classical and modern Arabic literature.Dr Christopher Melchert is a lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. He has written numerous published articles on Islam and specifically Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Religious knowledge
Family man
Ahmad's character
The Inquisition
The end
The character of hadith
The age for collecting hadith
Writing down hadith
Ahmad's quest for hadith
The Musnad
Hadith criticism
The spectrum of opinion in the ninth century
Hanbali literature
Ahmad's jurisprudence
The Hanbali school of law
Correct Belief
Who is in, who is out?
What Ahmad believed
Rejected theological parties
Ahmad the fundamentalist?
Sunni theology after Ahmad
Ahmad and the renunciant tradition
An ideal within the range of most men
Ahmad's practice
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