Status of Intellect and its Requirements for Authenticating Religious Texts

Qasim Bostani

Islamic Scholars, from early days of Islam, tried to establish criteria by which hadith works are evaluated.  As an example the disagreement between intellect and hadith as well as its requirements is one of these criterions. The author of this paper presents some questions and then views these questions from different perspectives and finally tries to answer them. These questions are as follows: What are intellect and its requirements? How Islamic scholars view this criterion? How can we justify this disagreement? To which extent can intellect verify the religious teachings?

 Keywords: Criteria, Intellect, Requirements, Hadith, Fabricated Hadith.

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