Al-Suhayli’s Methodology in Sīrah Writing | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Al-Suhayli’s Methodology in Sīrah Writing


Al-Rawd al-Unuf (The Fragrant Garden) by Abul Qasim al-Suhayli is probably the most renowned commentary on Ibn Hisham’s Sira. Composed in the 13th century, this literary masterpiece is highly regarded within the Islamic tradition for its comprehensive portrayal of the life and character of the Prophet. Al-Suhayli goes beyond a simple biographical account; he delves deep into the various aspects of his life, including his family, companions, teachings, and historical context. This lecture will shed light on al-Suhayli’s methodology in the writing of this piece.


  • Prof. Aisha Yousef al-Mannai, Director, Muhammad Bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Dr. Aziz al-Bitiwy, Associate Professor in the Department of Sharia and Da’wah, College of Aqidah and Islamic Studies, Qatar University

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