Author: Dr. M. Zubayr Siddiqi
About the Book: This book is an introduction to major Hadith works and their compilers. It has been composed to present to the Muslim as well as non-Muslim the viewpoint of orthodox Islam with regard to Hadith Literature, its origin and development and its criticism by the Muslim doctors. In English, only one book on the subject has been published ‘The Traditions of Islam’ by Alfred Guillaume.. But it does not represent the Muslim point of view.
In other European languages, several highly learned critical works on Hadith have been published. None of them represents orthodox Islamic view. In composing it, not only many of the important works of the modern European Orientalists have been utilized but also a large part of the original Arabic sources some of which have not hitherto been fully utilized. The reader, therefore, may find in this work some important material which may not be available in any of the European works on the subject.