IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 234: What’s in a Genre?: Studies in the Religious and Historical Texts of Early and Medieval Islam

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Harry Munt, Department of History, University of York
Paper 234-aThe Disputed Status of Hadith Qudsi
(Language: English)
Mustapha Sheikh, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Claire Brierley, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Theology
Paper 234-bNarrative Representations of Saqīfa in the Work of Early Arab Historians
(Language: English)
Farasat Latif, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

Hadith qudsi are statements by Allah that were cited by Muhammad and transmitted in the hadith tradition by the Prophet’s companions and later authorities. They present a challenge to the canonical status of the words of Allah preserved in the Qur’an. The question is further complicated by the attempt made in the late 9th century, to make a distinction between ‘sound’ and ‘weak’ hadith. Comparisons will also be drawn with the Christian tradition. The third speaker will speak on the narrative and memory of Saqīfa as portrayed by early Abbāsid historians, which was a crucial factor in the development of Sunnī and Shī‘ī political theory, theological doctrine, identity formation and sectarianism.