An Introduction to Sahih al-Bukhari: Author's Biography, Recensions and Manuscripts


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Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī is unsurprisingly the most widely recognized book among Muslims after the Qurʾān. Curious readers of Bukhārī’s magnum opus are often left with burning questions that lie beyond its contents.

Who was Imām Bukhārī?
  • How and why did he write the Ṣaḥīḥ?
  • How was it transmitted?
  • Are there any reliable extant manuscripts of the work?
  • In this introduction, Dr Muṣṭafā al-Aʿẓamī answers these questions in a simple and accessible manner. This translation, alongside added annotations and appendices, presents and expands on al-Aʿẓamī’s research for an English readership, for whom there is a dearth of resources on the subject.

“The present translation performs a valuable service in its posthumous presentation of Dr Aʿẓamī’s research on Imam Bukhārī’s intellectual biography, critical modus operandi in compiling his Ṣaḥīḥ, and details of the Ṣaḥīḥ’s various transmissions and codices. The translator’s exceptional annotations and appendices only enhance an already rich text for those interested in the history of the preservation of Bukhārī’s seminal work.”
—Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari, Darul Qasim, USA

“Finally, an academic and scholarly introduction to one of the most celebrated works of Islam after the Glorious Qur’an. After being surrounded by enigma, this well-researched study will discuss the biography of Imam Bukhari, details of his teachers, students, transmitters and his meticulous work and diligence in producing his masterpiece, and it will provide satisfying responses to critics of its authenticity.”
—Dr Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, White thread Institute, UK

About The Author

Dr Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami is a Professor of Hadith Science at King Saud University, where he has taught since 1973. He obtained his PhD in Islamic Studies from Cambridge University in 1967 and studied at al-Azhar University in Egypt and Dar-al-Ulum in India.
He is the author of numerous books and articles on early hadith. In 1980 he received the prestigious King Faisal Award for his research and presentations on the Sunna.

Author: Dr. Muṣṭafā al-Aʿẓamī
Translator: Muntasir Zaman
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Turath Publishing
Published: 2020
ISBN: 9781906949518

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