HDS 3367

The Word(s) of the Prophet: Prophetic Traditions through History

Ahmed Ragab


The Prophetic traditions in Islam constitute a large body of literature, which includes sayings attributed to Muhammad, actions taken by him, actions, which he approved or rejected and intimations that he produced among other things. This body developed through Islamic history and represented one of the most important sources of legitimacy, legal reasoning, socio-cultural fashioning, as well as social and political disagreement. In addition to different legal and devotional utterances, the body of prophetic traditions included ethical statements, scientific and medical prescriptions (such as prophetic medicine), historical narratives and political statements. These different traditions acquired different lives and histories in different societies. Moreover, the science of Hadith, which is a discipline dedicated to verifying different prophetic traditions, became one of the most significant and influential cultural and scientific practices from the medieval era till today. This course follows the development of the body of prophetic traditions and how it developed across time. We will analyze a number of themes in the body of prophetic traditions and see the role these traditions played in the construction of different legal views and different aspects of Muslim ortho/heterodoxies. Note: Course has a section on fridays 12-1pm.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1860


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Wed 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
Language Course Designation(s) None