This module familiarises students with the science of ḥadīth (narration) criticism and authentication, tracing the history of recording hadith all the way to the phenomenon of fabrication, and classification of different ḥadīth. It also introduces them toʿIlm al-Rijāl (biographical studies) which investigates the status of narrators of ḥadīth, how scholars go about grading reporters, and their bearing on the credibility of it.
This class introduces students to the subject matter, its definitions, terminology and an overview of what is to come in the module. It also introduces them to the essential resources and reading material at their disposal.
This class introduces you to how and when ḥadīth came to be written down as opposed to being merely an oral tradition, the historical 'ban' on writing down ḥadīth, and the earliest people to write it down.
This class takes an in-depth look at the four Sh'i canonical collections, discussions into their authenticity, and an overview into a timeline of ḥadīth scholarship from the 2nd century to present day.