Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami

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Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami (Arabic: محمد مصطفى الأعظمي) was a contemporary hadith scholar best known for his critical investigation of the theories of Ignác Goldziher, David Margoliouth, and Joseph Schacht.

Life and Education[edit]

He was born in Mau, India in the early 1930[1] Al-A'zami received his education successively at Darul Uloom Deoband (1952), Al-Azhar University (M.A., 1955), and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1966). He is Professor Emeritus at King Saud University where he also chaired the department of Islamic Studies. Al-A'zami served as curator of the National Public Library of Qatar, Associate Professor at Umm al-Qura University, Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Visiting Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford, King Faisal Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Princeton University, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[2] He is also an Honorary Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.[3]

In 1980, he was the recipient of the King Faisal International Award for Islamic Studies.[4] Much of A'zami's work focused on the correction of perceived inadequacies of Western scholarship on hadith literature, especially on highlighting the fact that there was already intense literary activity on hadiths during the lifetime of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, at his encouragement.[5] He passed away on 20 December 2017, aged 87.[6]


  • Studies in Early Hadith Literature, His doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge
  • Hadith Methodology and Literature, a general introduction to the subject
  • The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments
  • On Schacht's Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence
  • Dirasat fi al-Hadith an-Nabawi
  • Kuttab an-Nabi
  • Manhaj an-Naqd 'ind al-Muhaddithin
  • al-Muhaddithun min al-Yamamah

His forthcoming works include The Qurʾānic Challenge: A Promise Fulfilled and The ʾIsnād System: Its Origins and Authenticity.

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