The Methodology of Reading Hadith: The Thematic Classification (Tabweeb) as a Way of Framing Sunnah Comprehension
This webinar will offer a comprehensive approach to understanding the Prophetic Hadith based on the classification of the Sunnah according to its main themes (Abwāb), which in turn will resolve issues that we might face in our perception of the Sunnah, and make it closer to the overall vision of Islam. Dealing with hadiths according to their classified sections provides precise controls for dealing with the circumstantial aspects which they are associated with. The basics of this idea are not new, but are deep-rooted within our heritage.
Hadith scholars were aware of this, and classified their books into sections and chapters under which hadiths were included, and they also considered this classification as key to understanding hadiths. The idea of a denied (munkar) hadith is also related to this meaning because the denial of its al-matan has a relationship to the circumstantial aspects in which the hadith is presented. Likewise, scholars of usul al-fiqh and jurists have developed conditions for accepting hadiths that are not limited to the authenticity of the chain of narration (isnaad).
This research project intends to contribute to this trend by defining the characteristics of the substantive sections of the hadith, not from the aspect of its specific detailed events concerning the jurisprudential inference, but from the standpoint of the whole structure of the categories of these hadiths. The project plan draws a quintet map for these sections that intersect with four applied domains. The five sections of the topics are: creeds, rituals, ethics, behavior, and human sociology (sociology, economy, and politics). The four applied domains are the human capacity to understand; the role of the human experience; the circumstantial relationship; and the interaction of the human conscience with the Prophetic guidance. This means that these applied domains are different in nature according to the hadith section, affecting the way we look at the hadith and explore its purpose. For example, the circumstantial relationship is high in economic issues and absent in the creeds section.
The webinar will be divided into three pillars, and applicants will be required to submit papers on one of the topics included under each pillar.
What do hadiths indicate in the section of belief regarding the human awareness of the creeds issues?
What do the hadiths reveal in the field of behavior science with regard to the methodology of human perception of ethics and behavior issues, and how are they affected by different times, places, customs, and traditions?
How does the mind and conscience interact with the orders, advice, and directives they receive from the ‘good example’?
Those who wish to participate should submit the following:
The center accepts contributions (abstracts, biographies, and research papers) in Arabic and English.
The accepted research papers will be subject to peer review, and the approved papers will be published within a series of academic peer-reviewed publications to be published by the center in collaboration with HBKU Press.
Al-Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal offers the following benefits to the accepted candidates invited to the closed webinar: