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The Study of Ḥadīth Commentaries:
Uncovering an Important Genre of Islamic Scholarship

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
30 November - 2 December 2017


Ḥadīth commentators carry out an intellectually demanding task: they explain the meaning and scope of a Prophetic tradition by embedding it in the larger context of Islamic scholarship while considering the interdependence of its various disciplines. The genre of ḥadīth commentaries developed parallel to the gradual process of canonising ḥadīth collections and reached its peak in the 14th and 15th centuries CE.
Within ḥadīth studies, research on ḥadīth commentaries has been neglected by contemporary scholarship. The CSMC is organizing this workshop in order to stimulate further research on ḥadīth commentaries in general, and those in manuscripts, in particular. The aim is to discuss and exchange ideas on various aspects of ḥadīth commentaries, uncover distinctive features of individual commentators, periods, and localities. We intend to highlight the rich tradition of commentary methods and to offer new perspectives on the purpose and social function of commentary practice.

Programme and Abstracts

Download the conference programme and abstracts (updated 6 November 2017)


The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome. Please register below.
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Thursday, 30 November
Friday, 1 December
Saturday, 2 December

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