Biographical evaluation

Islamic religious studies to distinguish reliable from unreliable hadith

Biographical evaluation (Arabic: عِلْمُ الرِّجال‎, romanized: `Ilm al-Rijāl; literally meaning 'Knowledge of Men' , but more commonly understood as the Science of Narrators) refers to a discipline of Islamic religious studies within hadith terminology in which the narrators of hadith are evaluated. Its goal is to distinguish authentic and reliable hadiths from unreliable hadiths in establishing the credibility of the narrators, using both historic and religious knowledge. `Ilm ar-rijal is synonymous with what is commonly referred to as al-jarḥ wa al-taʻdīl (discrediting and accrediting) – the criticism and declared acceptance of hadith narrators.
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Al-Kamal fi Asma' al-Rijal

book by ʿAbd-al-Ġanī Ibn-ʿAbd-al-Wāḥid al-Ǧammāʿīlī

author: Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi

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