ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions) (8)

This subject provides students with an introduction to the place of hadith in Islamic scholarship. The methods and rules related to the authentication and classification of hadith narrations in canonical texts together with the application of this methodology will be addressed. This subject will also cover the history of the development of the science of hadith critique.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
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United Theological College

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the difference between hadith and Sunnah
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • be able to discuss critically the methods used to classify hadith
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the hadith types and their definitions
  • be able to differentiate the level of authenticity between hadith narrations


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Distinction between hadith and Sunnah
  • Introduction to Ulum al-Hadith - The Science of Hadith Studies
  • Identification phase of hadith
  • Collection phase of hadith
  • Classification phase of hadith
  • Six canonical hadith collections
  • Refinement phase of hadith
  • Hadith types and their definitions
  • Content (matn)analysis of hadith
  • Critical analysis of chains of transmission (sanad)
  • Methods in transmission of hadith from master to student
  • Criteria for hadith critique and their narrators


Current Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.