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Hadith Studies

The Hadith are defined as reports that transmit the sayings, actions and tacit approvals of the Prophet Muhammad and his impeccable progeny. Above and beyond extensive analyses and contextualisation of the content of traditions, the study of Hadith entails a further detailed study of both the classical disciplines involved in the categorisation and authentication of these traditions i.e. ‘ilm al-diraya and ‘ilm al-rijal. These theoretical studies are supplemented with supervised practical training in the application of the rigorous traditional method of authenticating Hadith, ensuring that students gain the skills required to independently conduct this process. Through this practical training, and with reference to broader studies, students can engage with the criticisms levelled at this system, as well as gain a thorough first-hand experience of the meticulous nature of the traditional approach.