The Opponents of the Writing of Tradition in Early Islam

@article{Cook1997TheOO,
  title={The Opponents of the Writing of Tradition in Early Islam},
  author={Michael Cook},
  journal={Arabica},
  year={1997},
  volume={44},
  pages={437-530}
}
  • Michael Cook
  • Published 1997
  • Philosophy
  • Arabica
  • ? 1 In the sixth century of the Muslim era the Hanbalite scholar Abui 'l-Farag ibn al-Gawzl (d. 597) wrote a book to encourage his lazy contemporaries to greater efforts in the memorisation of Tradition.' God, he argued, had singled out the Muslims to memorise Koran and Tradition, whereas those who had been before them had been dependent on written sources and were incapable of memorisation. The Jews, for example, had conferred on Ezra2 the title "son of God" merely because he knew the Torah by… CONTINUE READING
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