Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy

Misquoting Muhammad The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet s Legacy Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under

  • Title: Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy
  • Author: Jonathan A.C. Brown
  • ISBN: 9781780744209
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law Sometimes rumor, sometimes based in fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion s founding moments They wereFew things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law Sometimes rumor, sometimes based in fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion s founding moments They were developed over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars.Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the ochre red walls of Delhi s great mosques to the trade routes of Islam s Indian Ocean world, Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.

    Muhammad Muhammad Arabic , pronounced c CE June CE was the founder of Islam According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, sent to present and confirm the monotheistic teachings preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets He is viewed as the final prophet of God in all the main branches of Islam, though some modern denominations diverge Mohammed al Ghazali Sheikh Mohammed al Ghazali al Saqqa Arabic , was an Islamic cleric and scholar whose writings have influenced generations of Egyptians The author of books, he attracted a broad following with works that sought to interpret Islam and its holy book, the Qur an, in a modern light.He is widely credited with contributing to a Inspiring but Completely Fake Famous Travel Quotes We take for granted that a lot of what we read on the internet is the gospel truth But sometimes, it just ain t so In , the German psychologist William Stern conducted a series of Who are Ahle Bait An Explanation of Surah Al Jan , Rasulullah made d uaa for Ali, Fatimah, Hassan and Hussain Oh Allah these are the people of my home There are various narrations from S ad bin Abi Waqqas which say the same thing, and the Prophet Muhammad made this d ua immediately after the Ayah was revealed Narration from Umme Salamah Sayyidah Umm Salamah reported that the Prophet Averros Wikipdia Averros est nomm grand cadi juge suprme Sville en , son premier poste officiel U .Il est alors partag entre ses fonctions publiques et son travail de philosophe et de commentateur de l ensemble de l uvre d Aristote.Il occupe sa fonction pendant deux ans, puis rentre Cordoue o un tremblement de terre se produit en U . Dwindling In Unbelief Judith is blessed above all women If you were to ask Paul Ryan or any other Catholic who is the most blessed of all woman in the Bible, he d say, without the slightest hesitation, Ayn Rand OK, just kidding. Importance of Arabic Development and History of Where to Learn Arabic Learn Arabic Online is a valuable resource with many tutorials These tutorials are filled with theory designed for beginners as well as even the most proficient grammarians. Daily Times Panic as man guns down three at Dutch city tram Three people were killed and five others injured in a shooting in a tr M Bakri Musa Excerpt A Leaner, Flatter Organization M Bakri Musa bakrimusa I reorganized GHKL s Surgical Unit III by dividing the large male ward into two, keeping the smaller female ward as one, and combining the first and second class wards as the fourth division.

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    1. If I had the money, I'd buy copies of this book for all my English-speaking friends and colleagues. Such a fascinating account of hadith scholarship and the ways in which Islam's scholars and intellectual apparatus have sought to come to terms with their scripture. Brown uses key moments of debate and controversy over the Qur'an and hadith/sunna to illuminate features of the scriptural interpretative tradition. I realise that makes it sound fairly dry/dull, but Brown takes care to make the text [...]

    2. This is probably one of the most timely and necessary books I've read on the question of Islam and its continued vitality in the face of modernity. Starting with an examination of the tools of Islamic legal exegesis - a hugely expansive field - the author demonstrates the means by which it has traditionally been determined what "Islam" is in any particular area, or even region.Particularly, as a scholar of hadith, he shows how hadith have come to be transmitted by various means and most interest [...]

    3. The concepts of tradition and authenticity and the intermingling of the two are constant themes in my own spiritual path. The search for truth leads one to seek stability through solid foundations that have been proven in the course of time, but also to a desire to sweep away the elements that look, sound and feel like human interpretation. What speaks to us most deeply through the clutter of life? What themes do we see ever-present in all things that speak to a universal truth? For me, they are [...]

    4. Wow, what a book! It's definitely not for the faint of heart, as Dr. Brown breaks down a lot of concepts within Islam with very eloquent, professorial language. I found myself having to google a lot of the words he used. We need more books like this: books that aren't afraid to bluntly express the pros and cons of early hadith criticism without taking on a Qur'anist "they're all crap" approach. Dr. Brown is well-known for his previous writings and lectures on Islam and hadith in particular, so t [...]

    5. Evolusi tradisi ilmu dalam peradaban Islam disorot dengan penuh ilmiah tetapi ditantang dengan bijaksana serta diterangkan dengan bahasa yang mudah difahami oleh pengarang yang melalui sendiri pendidikan Islam secara moden serta tradisi. Beliau mencerakinkan dengan penuh hikmah akan sejarah tradisi Islam daripada zaman awal Islam hinggalah pada era yang umat Islam berdepan dengan realiti zaman yang menyakitkan apabila berada pada kedudukan terendah sedangkan Barat mencapai keagungan sains materi [...]

    6. You have in front of you an ancient text that people you respect have assured you contains all the wisdom of the world. But you have a hard time understanding it. It uses the language of a different time, and poetically at that, and it's hard to know what it means or how you should act upon it. Worse, there are particular passages that seem to contradict what you think you know for sure, or command you to do something you believe you know is wrong. How do you make sense of it, and how do you liv [...]

    7. Dr. Jonathan Brown present's a very readable and complex discussion surrounding the complexities involved in and challenges presented by Tradition in general and the Islamic Tradition in particular in relation to prevalent Western worldview. The discussions are varied and parallels are continually drawn with Western religious and secular traditions throughout the text, allowing the lay western reader to be continually engaged and with an aid to somewhat understanding the Islamic tradition. Thoug [...]

    8. Jika terdapat satu teladan yang boleh diambil dari karya ini ia adalah bahawa tindakan kepemihakan yang diambil oleh seseorang penulis bukanlah kendala kepada penghasilan sebuah karya kesarjanaan yang unggul serta analisa yang ampuh.Bagaimanapun jangan dilekas telan kata-kata manis diatas guna mengelak penyesalan kerana ‘keunggulan’ buku ini perlu digariskan perbatasannya.Penulis memang tampak intim benar dengan tradisi keilmuan di dalam bidang hadis dan bidang kritikan hadis dan hal ini sud [...]

    9. A brilliant book to get the hang of hadith, the history, breadth and the issues associated with it. Brown’s style is accessible, yet marked by a respectful academic rigour. Suggest the book to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

    10. I just came across this book through many readers here in , some even rate it with a very high praise that once I found it I started reading it. However, it was an exhausting read!. Although the writer has profoundly discussed so many claims and accusations, but it sounded a bit repetitive & almost with no proper conclusion. (That was my main concern about it).The author ( Prof. Brown) started his book by discussing Islam, its sources (Quran & Hadith), different Shariah schools (for exam [...]

    11. The book details how the Islamic (not Muslim) intellectual tradition formed and how scholars (and pseudo-scholars) interacted with the world throughout the Muslim history. It delineates, fairly accurately, the reason why Muslims react in certain ways under conditions of intellectual and political inferiority; and posits the scholarly professional critical framework of dealing with problematic hadiths and approaches. It is an amazing book that any Muslim attempting to interact with the modern wor [...]

    12. 4.5 stars - a seriously impressive work of scholarship. A wide variety of people would likely find reading this book extremely useful, whether a casual reader or someone digging a bit deeper.

    13. This book was incredibly well done. The aim of the book is to give an outline of how Islamic theology developed. There is particular emphasis on the evolution of the four legal schools that are followed and specific discussion on some contentious topics . The author has an incredible depth and breadth on the topic, but what I found most reliable was the lack of personal voice in his presentation. It is almost encyclopedic in tone, only towards the last bits of the book does some of his own voice [...]

    14. An essential insightful academic examination of the history and evolution of Islam, particularly the impact and evaluation of the various levels of hadith (a saying or action of the Prophet, based primarily on the establishment of a verifiable line of transmission), the role of ulama (religious scholars) and Shariah courts in interpretation, and the variety of external impacts on the religion throughout its history, particularly in the modern age. I came away with a much deeper understanding of [...]

    15. This book is a tricky one to evaluate. Jonathan A.C. Brown's primary objective seems to have been to show that the Islamic intellectual tradition is potent, diverse, rich, and worthy of serious study in its own right (none of which I've ever doubted - so am I part of the target audience, or not?). He has perhaps the best treatment I've yet seen of the origins of, and practical and theoretical differences between, the major jurisprudential schools (madhahib). In a sweeping, engaging, and detail-r [...]

    16. It is an amazing book with respect to its content and writing style. It has provided me with a framework to think reasonably about the collection& interpretation of Hadith and related literature. The book summarizes the history of collection of Hadith, Establishment and evolution of different sects (Sunni, Shia, Salafi, Mutazillah, Qaramtah), efforts of different Jurists/Imams to understand religion, Quran and Saying of the Prophet (PBUH) in their times, challenges to interpretations like ph [...]

    17. Interesting perspective on some of the controversial aspects of Islam such as indiscriminate killings, 'wife beatings' and some other bizarre concepts attributed to Islam. The author explains that the modern crisis of Islam derives from it's adherents deviation from traditional interpretation of Koran and Hadith (Muhammad's sayings), mainly due to Islam's encounter with the modern age. He masterly explains some of the misunderstandings about Islam's teachings and indirectly tries to show that Is [...]

    18. An enlightening read. Dr. Jonathan Brown has written an important and highly relevant work which needs to be read (and re-read) carefully in order to be truly appreciated. The work is essentially an insightful mapping out of the (Sunni) Muslim interpretive tradition and a detailed discussion of the various aspects of scriptural hermeneutics in the modern world. Dr. Brown seeks to demonstrate his point by taking a set of case studies--including issues as varied as apostasy rulings, domestic abuse [...]

    19. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at Princeton a couple of years ago and he struck me as a very erudite and personable scholar. This book bears ample testimony to his erudition. In the UK; despite the abundance of indigenous scholars there is never any discussion on the authenticity of the hadith which they liberally dispense from the pulpit. In this eloquently penned book; Professor Brown has done an admirable job in exposing numerous false hadith which have over time embedded themselves [...]

    20. A Colorful, Vivid and Cohesive Narrative of the Struggle of Interpreting the Prophet's LegacyDr. Brown provides a fascinating look at the way in which Prophet Muhammad's legacy was preserved in the hadith literature (a vast collection of his words and deeds), then discusses how this literature was formalized into the four schools of jurisprudence in Sunni Islam with its incredible diversity of opinions, reasonings, and interpretations of the Prophet's sayings. Then, he discusses the ways in whic [...]

    21. I was always a fan of Dr. Jonathan Brown's work and he does a fantastic job highlighting the varying levels of complexity in the hadith tradition. Recommended to anyone wishing to get a basic overview on how the tradition works and how the scholars have historically dealt with controversial material.

    22. I've read a lot of books but even the best of them get a 4 star. This is the only book that deserves a five star from me. Highly recommended.

    23. The importance of KhatamFor Muslims Al Quran is infallable. And Hadiths, despite composed by men, are a close second. But in reality the people who read them are still subject to (mis)interpretation, are prone to errors and human emotions like greed and envy, or can have their own hidden agendas using religious doctrines. This book is about that human fallability. The book shows the complex intellectual and spiritual debates on the interpretation of Al Quran, and how complicated and political th [...]

    24. Excellent examination on the nature of "sacred scripture," in religion generally and in Islam in particular. Modeled after Bart Erhman's "Misquoting Jesus" which examined the process of the Christian faith community choosing scripture, this book is a pretty erudite discussion of the classic Islamic legal tradition of the ulema, its rupture in the colonial era, and the subsequent free-for-all of new interpretative communities such as radical Salafism and related (a blight if there ever was one).

    25. Bit rambling. Not what I had hoped for: a convenient, well-organised source of information to clarify the sources of current controversies. That said, it does do that job, just a little messily. And in its favour, it's a job that sorely needed doing. That gives it enough merit for 4 stars.

    26. Jonathan Brown, from his posture as a Sunni traditionalist, doesn't shy away from some of the more controversial topics of the day including the Prophet's marriage to Aisha, women leading men in prayer, and the development of the hadith literature and canon with some surprising conclusions.

    27. Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy- Jonathan A.C. Brownজর্জটাউন ইউনির স্কুল অফ ফরেন সার্ভিসের ইসলামিক স্টাডি এবং মুস্লিম-ক্রিশ্চিয়ান সমঝোতা বিভাগের এসোসিয়েট প্রফেসরের এই বইটার বিষয় এমন এক জিনিস নিয়ে যে [...]

    28. Brilliant. Writing a book like this could not have been easy. It probably required mammoth-esque research and filtering through literally centuries of data. But I am so glad something like this has been done. I am not a deeply religious person, but I am also curious to know about Muhammad. Over the years I have come to realize that there are a lot of fabricated stories about him, and I have endeavored to go on a sort of quest to find the truth, albeit snippets. The science of compilation and int [...]

    29. The most important things from this book are:1) Quran and hadith science is absolutely complex and you can't just interpret hadith without knowing context.2) Hadith status is not just sahih and da'if (quranacademy/blog/hadith/).3) Context is EXTREMELY important and of course scholars have different approach to different people. Scholars won't treat the educated same as uneducated ones, and there is a difference between what Quran/hadith says and what the scholars approach to the same problem add [...]

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