In this collection of articles, G.H.A. Juynboll deals with the uses Muslims have made of hadith through the ages. He studies chronology, provenance, as well as authorship of the prophetic traditions to form the backbone of this anthology.
Contents: Introduction; The hadit in the discussion on birth-control; Ahmad Muhammad Shakir (1892-1958) and his edition of Ibn Hanbal's Musnad; Muslim's introduction to his Sahih translated and annotated with an excursus on the chronology of fitna and bid'a; Dyeing the hair and beard in early Islam. A hadith-analytical study; Some new ideas on the development of sunna as a technical term in early Islam; Some isnad-analytical methods illustrated on the basis of several woman-demeaning sayings from hadith literature; The role of mu'ammarun in the early development of the isnad; Some notes on Islam's first fuqaha distilled from early hadith literature; Nafi', the mawla of Ibn 'Umar, and his position in Muslim hadith literature; On the origins of the poetry in Muslim tradition literature; Early Islamic society as reflected in its use of isnads; Index.