By Tarif Khalidi
In a piece that surveys a complete culture of old inspiration and writing throughout a span of eight-hundred years, Tarif Khalidi examines how Arabic-Islamic tradition of the premodern interval considered the earlier, the way it recorded it, and the way it sought to reply to the numerous advanced questions linked to the self-discipline of historical past.
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Hennecke, New Testament Apocrypha (London: Lutterworth Press, 1963), 1:54, and the Jesus agraphon at 1:88. Baghdadi, Taqyid> p. 64. Important parallels in Jewish and early-Christian literary traditions are found in B. Gerhardsson, Memory and Manuscript: Oral Tradition and Written Transmission in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity (Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1964), especially pp. , 196 ff. See also J. Pedersen, The Arabic Book (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984), chapter 3. The classical literature on the isnad is vast.
Abu Zur'a, Tarikh, 1:409, para. 948. For Zuhri as interrogator, see Ibn Sa'd, Tabaqat, 2:389 and Dhahabi, Tarajim, p. 69. The Zuhri materials preserved in Ibn Sa'd are the easiest to consult for structure and style: see references in 'Atwan, Riwaya, p. 123, note 10 and Duri, Bahth, pp. 143-51. See also the precious fragment from a formal report by Zuhri on taxation in Abu 'Ubayd, Amwaly p. 231. 34 History and Hadith est' event up to a particular time. g. 33 In both cases it indicates a growing awareness of progress in both moral and political life.
G. g. the Judaic in the case of Wansbrough). We have much to learn from such accounts of how traditions originate and spread, and how and why they eventually become specialized. More general studies of tradition also contain material that is of much help to the overall study of Hadith, for instance Edward Shils, Tradition (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1981) and Jaroslav Pelikan, The Vindication of Tradition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984). g. Richard M. Dorson, Folklore, Selected Essays (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1972), especially pp.