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The Sunna Of The Prophet (Ṣ)

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The aim of this chapter is to show that the sunna of the Prophet is culturally and historically conditioned, and that it lacks the universality of Allahs Book. Muḥammads messengerhood in the Book needs to be understood according to the dialectics between form and content, insofar as its text is fixed but its content moves. The chapter tries to solve one of the most complex problems of Islamic history: to define the form and essence of the sunna of the Prophet (ṣ). It demonstrates that it is necessary to place the sunna into the epistemological, cultural and political context of seventh-century Arabia. The chapter shows that we, living in the twenty-first century, must be critical of the sunnas contingent and context-bound nature as well as of formulations and definitions of the sunna that Islamic fiqh invented during the seventh to the ninth centuries.

Keywords: Muḥammad (ṣ); Prophet (ṣ); sunna



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