Enduring Myths of Orientalism

THE ORAL AND THE WRITTEN IN EARLY ISLAM. By Gregor Schoeler. Translated by Uwe Vegelpohl. Edited by James E. Montgomery. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp. viii+248. ISBN10: 0-415-39495-3. ISBN13: 978-0-415-39495-6 (HB).    This is a translation of the following six German articles written by Gregor Schoeler, the chair of Islamic studies at the University of Basel, in the eighties and nineties and herein updated by the author through footnotes and addenda:

And I do not see any reason for Al-Albānī’s divergence from the adherence to the principles of hadīth other than stubbornness and following his whim to refute such as these kinds of ahādīth. And here I am going to add in connection to this hadīth, his (i.e, Al-Albānī’s) refutation of himself and his following, based on what has been established regarding the acceptance of mursal reports, the conditions of which have been expounded upon in their proper places in his own refutation of Shaykh Ismā’īl Al-Ansārī, whereby he stated. Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-Haytamī was asked – may Allāh make us benefit from his knowledge – did Hasan al-Basrī hear the speech of ‘Alī karramAllāhu wajhuh directly?

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The Disagreements between the Ash`aris & Maturidis

You should know that Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Ash‘ari is the Imam of Ahl al-Sunna and at their forefront, followed by Shaykh Abu al-Mansur al-Maturidi. Know also – as some of our Shaykhs have mentioned to us, may Allah have mercy upon them – that the companions of al-Shafi‘i and his followers follow him (Abu al-Hasan) in matters of doctrine, and follow al-Shafi‘i in matters of law. The companions of Abu Hanifa follow Shaykh Abū al-Mansur in doctrine and follow Abu Hanifa in law. This is what our Shaykhs have imparted to us.

And we beseech Allah, the Exalted, asking Him to grant these two noble Imams a generous reward for what they have expended of sincere advice to the Muslims. We beseech Allah, the Exalted, asking Him to include us among those perform the actions of those granted Divine success: those who traverse the path of the rightly-guided and realized ones; by His largess, bounty, and generosity – Amen! There is no contention between the two Shaykhs and their followers except in twelve issues.…

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