Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries
The first comprehensive catalogue and study of hadith forgeries in English.
Beacon Books is proud to commence our publishing programme with the launch of The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries by Mullah Ali al Qari translated by Dr Gibril Fouad Haddad.This 740 page hard back book has been over 10 years in the making and is the first comprehensive catalogue and study of hadith forgeries in the English language.
The Lifting of Secrets Concerning Forged Reports was written over four hundred years ago by a respected and prolific Meccan savant of Afghan origin. Mulla ‛Ali al-Qari (d. 1014/1605) was thoroughly familiar with the large body of critical literature on hadith forgery, which he refined and reordered alphabetically into 625 entries. Al-Qari’s last work, it is the only catalogue of forgeries with both a transmission-based and content-based critique, illustrating the author’s vast erudition as well as his lenient choices in hadith methodology and his classic Hanafi and Sufi views.
The translator has added his own study of the forgery and ‘famous hadith’ genres, the life and works of the author, extensive footnotes and exhaustive indices. A total of 3,000 reports are documented in this volume covering doctrinal and juridical forgeries, Shia forgeries, Sufi forgeries, racial forgeries, misogynistic forgeries, food forgeries, ‘Israelite’ forgeries, medical forgeries, sex forgeries, spurious books, spurious grave-spots and more. This is the first and long overdue authentic reference work on hadith forgeries in English.
Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad holds scholarly licenses (ijāza) from 150 shaykhs and has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles in Islamic hermeneutics, doctrine, hadith, biography and heresiology. He was hailed in the inaugural edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West. His recent works include The Four Imams and Their Schools, Sunna Notes III: The Binding Proof of the Sunna (with Ibn Hajar’s 50-page commentary on the hadith of islām, īmān, ih.sān) and The Muhammadan Light in the Qur’an, Sunna and Companion-Reports. He lives in Brunei Darussalam.