Sacred Text, IHC-211

Introduction to the Sciences of Ḥadīth

Day Time Duration Date Instructor
Sundays 9:00am – 11:00am 12 Weeks Sept. 25th – Dec 16th Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

SUGGESTED PREREQUISITES: IFC 241 (Introduction to the Sciences of Qurʾān and Ḥadīth)

DESCRIPTION:  Narrations of the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), better known as Ḥadīth, are only second to the Qurʾān with respect to serving as a source of inspiration and guidance for Muslims throughout the centuries. Unlike the Qurʾān, however, they are not to be found in a single book nor are they all of equal weight and reliability. This course will cover the history of Ḥadīth, their transmission and interpretation, and approaches to authentication. We will examine these topics in light of traditional Muslim scholarship as well as Western academia. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Important questions to be covered:

  • Are the Ḥadīth synonymous with the Sunnah, the Prophetic example?
  • Is it mandatory for a believing Muslim to accept all Ḥadīth?
  • Is a reliable Ḥadīth considered to be just as authoritative as the Qurʾān?

COURSE FEE: The general admission is $250 per course. Then, $200 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $150 per one for all students (including BIS students). Then, $100 for each additional course.

FINANCIAL AID: Please note that financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded. You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

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