A Revaluation of Islamic Traditions

Joseph Schacht

Translated by: Muhammad Hasan Muhammadi Mozaffar

Joseph Schacht present some ideas of what he thinks, is a necessary revaluation of Islamic traditions in the light of our present Knowledge. Looking back he cannot see what other result could possibly by consistent the very foundations of our historical and critical study of the first two or three centuries of Islam. One of these foundations, he thinks, is Goldziher’s discovery that the traditions from the Prophet and from his companions do not contain more or less authentic information on the earliest period of Islam to which they claim to belong, but reflect opinions held during the first two and a half centuries after the Hijra.

Keywords: Earliest Period of Islam, Islamic Traditions, Revaluation, Authenticity

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