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This chapter examines the canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim to discover how, when and why the two ṣahihs attained their authoritative station. The chapter explores the nature of this authority, the tensions surrounding it, and the roles that the Ṣaḥῑḥayn canon has played in Islamic civilization. Finally, al-Bukhari's and Muslim's works served as standards of excellence that shaped the science of hadith criticism as scholars sought to systematize the study of the Prophet's word. Because the Ṣaḥῑḥayn form the unchanging core of the canon, and the roles that the two books have played and the station they have achieved differ qualitatively from the other components of the canon, this study addresses only the canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Keywords: Ṣaḥῑḥayn canon; al-Bukhari; canonization; hadith criticism; Muslim



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