Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium by Joel BlecherSaid the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium by Joel Blecher

Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium

byJoel Blecher

Hardcover | November 10, 2017

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Although scholars have long studied how Muslims authenticated and transmitted Muhammad's sayings and practices (hadith), the story of how they interpreted and reinterpreted the meanings of hadith over the past millennium has yet to be told. Joel Blecher takes up this charge, illuminating the rich social and intellectual history of hadith commentary at three critical moments and locales: classical Andalusia, medieval Egypt, and modern India. Weaving together tales of public debates, high court rivalries, and colonial politics with analyses of ethnographic field notes and fine-grained arguments adorning the margins of manuscripts,Said the Prophet of Godoffers new avenues for the study of religion, history, anthropology, and law.

Joel Blecheris Assistant Professor of History at George Washington University. His writings have appeared in theJournal of Near Eastern Studies, Oriens, and theAtlantic.
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Title:Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a MillenniumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 10, 2017Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520295935

ISBN - 13:9780520295933

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration and Conventions

Introduction

I. ANDALUSIA IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE UMAYYADS
1. The Perils of Public Commentary
2. The Inner World of the Interpretive Tradition

II. EGYPT AND SYRIA UNDER THE MAMLUKS
3. For Sultans, Students, and Scholars
4. Rivalry and Revision in the Manuscript Age
5. Oratory in the Shade of the Sultan's Garden
6. Gatekeepers of the Law
7. Mysteries of the Thresholds
8. The Art of Concision

III. EARLY MODERN INDIA AND BEYOND
9. Trustees across the Ocean: Gujarat to Deoband to Bhopal
10. Lost in Translation: Arabic to Urdu to English

Epilogue: Islamism, ISIS, and the Politics of Interpretation

Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index of Names and Titles
Index of Subjects and Terms

Editorial Reviews

"In his marvelous new book, Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary Across a Millennium, Joel Blecher, engages with tremendous lucidity and brilliance the topic of Hadith commentaries in Muslim intellectual and social history across time and space. Traversing the pre-modern and modern periods in sites ranging from the Middle East to South Asia, this book presents in remarkable detail and with considerable nuance the intellectual, social, and material stakes of the discipline and performance of the Hadith commentarial tradition."