Hadith scholarship in verse

'Iraqi, Zain al-Din 'Abd al-Rahim al-. Alfiyat al-Hadith. [The thousand-line poem on Hadith].

[Syria or Egypt, 17th century CE].

4to (157 x 204 mm). 35 ff. Black naskh script in two columns, with titles picked out in red. 19th century full calf with flap, ruled in blind and with each cover and flap decorated with floral pattern paste-down paper.


A manuscript of the famous 13th century work on hadith, Ibn al-Salah's "Muqaddimah ibn al-Salah fi ‘Ulum al-hadith" (Introduction to the Science of Hadith), rendered into poetic verse by Zain al-Din 'Abd al-Rahim al-'Iraqi (1325-1403 CE). Al-'Iraqi was a Kurdish scholar, and considered the leading hadith specialist of his time. Hadith studies are of particular importance across Muslim literature, as hadith literature itself is a vital record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad as passed down in what was originally oral tradition.

The prose text on which al-'Iraqi's verses are based is the magnum opus of Ibn al-Salah al-Shahrazuri (1181-1245 CE), a fellow Kurdish hadith scholar. Its aim was to guide hadith specialists in evaluating the authenticity of the myriad individual narrations of the Prophet's life and sayings.

Disbound and loose in binding, but with complete text and only minor soiling.

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