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Der Islam

Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East

Ed. by Heidemann, Stefan / Hagen, Gottfried / Kaplony, Andreas / Matthee, Rudi

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Volume 85, Issue 2


Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal's Book of Renunciation

Christopher Melchert
Published Online: 2011-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam.2011.007


Ahmad ibn Ḥanbal's book al-Zuhd (‘renunciation’) is one of the largest extant collections of renunciant sayings from the first two Islamic centuries. It was assembled by his son ʽAbd Allāh, who contributed about half the sayings in it independently of his father. The extant text is only half or a third of the version available to Ibn Ḥajar in the Mamluk period. Some of what is missing can be recovered from quotations in Abū Nuʽaym, Ḥilyat al-awliyāʼ. It is notably dominated by data from Basra. Its contents are highly miscellaneous, but rejection of worldly goods appears to be the theme that comes up most often.

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Published Online: 2011-05-31

Published in Print: 2011-04-01

Citation Information: Der Islam, Volume 85, Issue 2, Pages 345–359, ISSN (Online) 1613-0928, ISSN (Print) 0021-1818, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam.2011.007.

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