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مطالعات تاریخ اسلام 2011, 2(7): 25-52 Back to browse issues page
The Common Link Phenomenon in the Chains of Transmitters of Traditions: Explanation and Analysis
Seyyed Ali Aghaei
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Over half a century, western scholars are familiar with the common link phenomenon in the chains of transmitters (isnāds) of traditions (hadīths), interpreted it differently and tried using it to identify the time and place of creation and dissemination of traditions. In this paper based on analytical approach, different interpretations of this phenomenon are explained and their methodological presupposition are analysed. This study reveals that there are at least three distinct interpretations of the common link, and consequently different dating for traditions. The common link is the inventor of tradition in question according to one interpretation, the authority to whom the tradition is ascribed in later period regarding another one, or the collector who first systematically spread the tradition with reference to last one. Thus, respectively the tradition might originate with the common link, it might be younger than the common link, or it might be older than the common link. Finally, it appears that the difference or conflict of dating traditions relates to presuppositions which each of these interpretations based on them.
 
Keywords: Common Link, Isnād Analysis, Dating Traditions, J. Schacht, G.H.A. Juynboll, H. Motzki
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Islamic History
Received: 2017/08/30 | Accepted: 2017/08/30 | Published: 2017/08/30


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