EP.40–Religion: Hadith Collections

July 7th, 2014

The episode introduces some of the different types of Hadith collections that arose in the world of Islam over the centuries. We discuss the role of Hadith in the transition from Qur'anic discourse to Islamic discourses and learn about sahifas, musannafs, musnads, and the Sahih movement.


EP.41–Religion: Ijtihad and the Intellectual Struggle to Find God’s Law in Islam

July 23rd, 2014

 The episode discusses the concept of ijtihad that has been used by Muslim jurists to derive legal rulings. We particularly focus on what is known as qiyas and that came to be the most dominant interpretative tool that a mujtahid utilizes in this process.   


EP.42–Religion: Ijma’ (Consensus) between the Legal and the Political in Islamic Discourses

July 30th, 2014

What does Ijmāʿ (consensus) mean? How does it function within traditional Islamic Law? In what way do the Sunni concept of “ijmāʿ” and the Shīʿī concept of “imām” parallel each other? What are the political dynamics of ijmāʿ?