The Life and Works of Abū al-Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Bāqī b. Qāniʿ

MuʿAbd al-Bāqī b. QāniMuʿ (d. 351/962) was a traditionist and evaluator of transmitters, one of the founders of the genre of biographical dictionaries devoted to the Companions of the Prophet. Ibn QāniMuʿ has not attracted much attention from scholars— only Khalīl Qūtlāy has authored a doctoral diss...

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Published in:Journal of the American Oriental Society
Main Author: Pavlovich, Pavel
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: American Oriental Society [2021]
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In: Journal of the American Oriental Society
Year: 2021, Volume: 141, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-25
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Summary:MuʿAbd al-Bāqī b. QāniMuʿ (d. 351/962) was a traditionist and evaluator of transmitters, one of the founders of the genre of biographical dictionaries devoted to the Companions of the Prophet. Ibn QāniMuʿ has not attracted much attention from scholars— only Khalīl Qūtlāy has authored a doctoral dissertation, now published in fifteen volumes, that comprises Ibn QāniMuʿ‘s Muʿjam al-ṣaḥāba In this essay I argue that Ibn QāniMuʿ and his contemporaries relied on the chains of hadith transmission to extract the names of many Companions My research also shows that in the eighth/ fourteenth century at least two presently lost biographical collections associated with Ibn QāniMuʿ were in circulation: Kitāb al-Wafayāt, a catalogue of death dates of hadith transmitters, and Kitāb al-Tārīkh, an annalistic collection, which included many assessments of transmitter reliability. Ibn QāniMuʿ‘s unsophisticated methods of hadith criticism, although in line with third/ninth- and early fourth/tenth-century scholarly developments, incurred him some criticism from later hadith scholars.
Contains:Enthalten in: American Oriental Society, Journal of the American Oriental Society
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.7817/jameroriesoci.141.1.0001