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Sunna And The Akhbar In Akhbari Jurisprudence

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The Akhbārī position regarding the authenticity of the Akhbār was also given prominence in subsequent lists of Akhbārī-Uṣūlī differences. Akhbārī writers subsequent to Astarābādī discussed at length the manner in which the Akhbār might be proven to be authentic. Astarābādī was able to accept that the authenticity of some Akhbār could be doubted by a hardened sceptic. As with the interpretation of the Qurʾān, distinctive Akhbārī views on the Akhbār's authenticity and probative force can be used to position scholars normally considered on the margins of the Akhbārī school. The plethora of Akhbārī arguments demonstrate the ingenuity of the Akhbārī writers. They collated and interpreted historical evidence concerning the collection of the Akhbār in early Shiʿism. In doing so, they were attempting to demonstrate that the Four Books of Akhbār were sound and indubitable sources of knowledge.

Keywords: Akhbārī; Astarābādī; Qurʾān; Shiʿism; Uṣūlī



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