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Chapter Six. The Raid of the Hudhayl: Ibn Shihāb al-Zuhrī ’s Version of the Event

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At the dawn of Islam, the Hudhayl were a tribe of Northern Arab descent living near Mecca. According to the Islamic sources, they were related to the Quraysh in Mecca, with whom they sided in their struggle against the prophet Muhammad and the new religion of Islam. This chapter examines the origins and the authenticity of one of these variants, the account attributed to the famous Medinan transmitter Ibn Shihāb Al-Zuhrī. It deals with the issue of whether the traditions ascribed to al-Zuhrī are fictitious or not. Schacht claims that most of them are fabricated, not only the legal ones but also those on the life of Muhammad.

Keywords: Hudhayl; Ibn Shihāb Al-Zuhrī



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