But if You Desire God and His Messenger

But if You Desire God and His Messenger

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Akar, Sylvia
But if You Desire God and His Messenger. The Concept of Choice in Sahih al-Bukhari
Finnish Oriental Society
Studia Orientalia 102
Helsinki 2006, 175 pp.


The aim of this dissertation is to discuss the concept of choice in the most important collection of Islamic traditions, Sahih al-Bukhari. The author of the collection, Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari, lived between 810-870. Part I sketches out the hagiography of the life and work of the author and provides a short history of the development of hadith literature and the processes of collecting and classifying the texts are discussed briefly. Part II introduces analysis of the concept of choice. It is divided into ten chapters, each concentrating on one hadith cluster. The collection includes both strictly predestinarian texts but it also compises texts which claim that people are demanded to make real choices, even choices concerning life and death.

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ISBN 951-9380-66-3
ISSN 0039-3282