The manuscript of the
Aqwāl Qatāda has repeatedly attracted particular interest among modern scholars, as it raises questions concerning the early development of the
Ibāḍī Basran community and the emergence of Islamic jurisprudence in Iraq. It is a unique document because it attests to the existence of a scholarly link between
Ibāḍīs during the early development of Islamic law. The fact that the legal responsa and traditions of Qatāda b. Diʿāma al-Sadūsī (60/680-117/735) are part of an
Ibāḍī collection, in which the traditions of Ibāḍī Imam Jābir b. Zayd (d. 93/ 711) have been transmitted through ʿAmr b. Harim and ʿAmr b. Dīnār, proves that the
Ibāḍī lawyers of the first generations considered Qatāda to be a faithful upholder of Jābir's doctrine. Given the lack of material available for
Jābir, instructions must have been given to collect whatever was transmitted through Qatāda. Qatāda's legal responsa must have corresponded to those of the first
Ibāḍī authorities, which explains why the collator of the
Aqwāl Qatāda (probably Abū Ghānim al-Khurāsānī) included them in an
Ibāḍī manuscript. The present volume sheds light on the relationship between the
Aqwāl Qatāda and
Ibāḍī authorities such as al-Rabī, Abū Ubayda, and Jābir.
Abdulrahman al-Salimi (Ph.D. Durham 2001) is the editor in chief of the Omani journal
al-Tafahom. As an editor, author and co-author he has written and published books and articles on Omani studies and early Islamic theology. He is the author of
Ibadism in East Mesopotamia. Early Islamic Iran, Central Asia and India (Beirut: German Oriental Institute, 2016), and co-editor of
Early Ibāḍī Theology (Leiden: Brill, 2014) and
Ibāḍī Texts from the 2nd/8th Century (Leiden: Brill, 2017).
"This book is a major contribution to the debate over the early Islamic legal literature whose very nature makes any inquire a task of considerable difficulty."
Ersilia Francesca in:
Studi Magrebini 18.1 (2020)
a. Part One
b. Part Two
c. Part Three
d. Part Four
e. Part Five
f. Part Six
g. Part Seven
All interested in the early history of Islam and the development of the major conflicting sectarian movements during its first two centuries.