Ahmad Ibn Ḥanbal (Library of Arabic Literature)

Ahmad Ibn Ḥanbal The Life of Ibn Hanbal is an English translation from the biographies of Ibn Hanbal by the Baghdad preacher as well as scholar and storyteller Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597/1200) The text has been rewritten and abridged for paperback readers by Michael Cooperson, the translator. Michael Cooperson.

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Ahmad Ibn Ḥanbal (d. 241/855) known for his deep understanding of hadiths – the accounts of the Prophet’s words and actions–is a significant person in the development of Islam. He was renowned for living in accordance with his strict understanding of the Prophetic model, and for refusing his own most basic needs despite the fact that his family was well-known in the city of Baghdad is at the time one of the richest anywhere in the globe. 

Ibn Hanbal’s devotion to his religion and austerity led him to be a hero of the people and a hero after he refused the efforts of two caliphs to pressure him to accept the rationalist philosophy. The subsequent flogging and imprisonment is among the most dramatic events of medieval Islamic history. His principally resisted stance influenced the evolution of Islamic law and the ascendance of Sunnism and the authority of the legislature of the caliphate.

Ahmad Ibn Ḥanbal – The book is set against the backdrop of a tense debate over the nature in the role of rationality and underlying principles of a legitimate governance, The Life of Ibn Hanbal is a remarkable story of the life that of one of the more powerful Muslims in the history of Islam.

A version in English only.

Product details

  • ASIN : B01E02RQ64
  • Publisher :NYU Press The edition that is abridged
  • Publication date : October 4, 2016
  • Language : English
  • File size :2544 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • enhanced typesetting:Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 469 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled

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Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597/1201) was a Baghdadi storyteller, preacher as well as a prolific Islamic scholar who was part of the Hanbali school of jurisprudential reasoning. He is well-known for his expository works on his interpretation of the Qur`an and Hadith and his well-known compilation, Al-Tahqiq.

Michael Cooperson is Professor of Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at UCLA. Cooperson’s translations comprise the Life of Ibn Hanbal by Ibn al-Jawzi for the Library of Arabic Literature and the novel The Author and His Two-Faced Doubles by the well-known Moroccan scholar Abdelfattah Kilito.

Garth Fowden is the Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths at the University of Cambridge.

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