Author(s): Bernie Power
The Hadith are Islam’s most influential texts after the Qur’an. They outline in detail what the Qur’an often leaves unsaid. The Hadith are a foundation for Islamic law and theology and a key to understanding the worldview of Islam and why many Muslims do the things they do. This book subjects the Hadith to a critical analysis from a biblical perspective. In a scholarly and respectful way, it exposes significant inconsistencies within these ancient documents and highlights potential problems with the Muslim-Christian interface.
This study is certainly original and has implications for Christian theology and mission which are profound, as well as urgent. It will assist theologians, missiologists and missionaries in their work – Michael Nazir-Ali
Contents Transliteration Table llustrations Sidebars Tables Introduction I Critical Issues 1. The Challenges of Identifying the Hadith 2. Attitudes of Scholars toward the Hadith 3. The Relationships between Qur’an and Hadith 4. Muhammad’s Variant Behavior 5. Results of Contradictory Hadiths 6. The Next Generations 7. Compilation of the Hadith 8. Isnād and Transmitter Problems II Contrasts with Biblical Teaching 9. Differing Views of God 10. The Character and Actions of Muhammad Compared with Jesus11. Muhammad and Jesus, Vengeance and Violence 12. Women in the Hadith 13. History, Heaven, and Hell III Challenges from Other Perspecti ves 14. Scientific Problems in the Hadith 15. Political, Social, Financial, and Legal Policies 16. Human Rights Concerns IV Practical Implications 17. To Challenge or Not to Challenge? 18. Conclusion Appendix: Qur’anic Verses Referred to in al-Bukhāri’s Hadith Bibliography