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?