Makers of the Muslim World: Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
About the Book: Makers of the Muslim World: Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
Christopher Melchert examines the forefather of the fourth of the four principal Sunni schools of jurisprudence, the Hanbali. Upholding the view that the Quran was uncreated and the direct word of God, Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855) thought that the holy text should be read literally, rejecting any possibility for metaphorical or revisionist interpretation. Melchert assesses the importance of ibn Hanbals teachings and analyses their relevance in modern Sunni Islam
About the Author: Christopher Melchert
Dr Christopher Melchert is a lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. He has written numerous published articles on Islam and specifically Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
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