ISL432 Methodology of Prophetic Traditions (Usul al-Hadith) (8)

This subject addresses the place of hadith in Islamic scholarship and the methodology of evaluating critically the authenticity of hadith narrations, as well as their classification in canonical texts. Prophet Muhammads sayings, actions and his approvals as reported by his companions have been collected separately as multi-volume hadith books. Collection of hadith books, their classification and authentication has been an integral part of Islamic scholarship. This subject will also cover the history of development of the science of hadith critique from the time of Prophet Muhammad (7th century) to the 10th century of Islamic scholarship.

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Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Subject Relationships

ISL232 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate critically the difference between hadith and Sunnah
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • be able to critically discuss the methods used to classify hadith
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding and skill in the appreciation of methods for critical analysis of hadith
  • be able to differentiate critically the level of authenticity between hadith narrations


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Distinction between hadith and Sunnah
  • 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
  • Definitions of hadith classifications
  • Content analysis of hadith
  • Critical analysis of chains of transmission (sanad)
  • Methods in transmission of hadith from master to student
  • Criteria for hadith critique
  • Qualification criteria for hadith narrators


Current Students

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Prospective 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.