This paperback edition of Wensinck's
Concordance et Indices de la Tradition Musulmane serves a double purpose, one of a practical, the other of a more ideal nature. When the seventh and final volume of the
Concordance was published in 1969 (followed in 1988 by the eighth volume which contains the
Indices), both muslims and islamologists agreed that here was the completion of an enterprise of the highest importance. More than forty years of international academic team-work had resulted in a key to that highly diverse and far from homogeneous corpus that constitutes the canonic and most authoritative texts of Islamic Tradition, itself a major source for Islamic theology and law, and besides that, a goldmine of information on the history of ideas in the formative period of Islam.
Under the guidance of Wensinck and his successors many thousands of pages of sometimes poorly accessible works were indexed and an enormous amount of catchwords were recorded together with their context. With the combined efforts of editors, authors, sponsors, typographers and the publisher an extraordinary book was produced, in which three generations of scholars were involved.
This work has proven to be extremely useful for all those who professionally or confessionally are concerned with the Tradition literature of Islam. Much of the recent
ḥadīṯ studies could not have been accomplished if no such work as the
Concordance had existed. Wensinck's
Concordance will continue to play its role as an essential research tool for quite a time.
The paperback edition is more modest in size but otherwise it is a complete and unabridged reprint of the first edition.
...incomparable outil de travail, lequel, dans l'univers spécialisé de l'islamologie, trouve une place de choix…' Constant Hamès,
Arch. Sci. Soc. des Rels., 1993. '
...diese Taschenbuchausgabe [ist] sehr zweckmäßig und wird sicher zahlreiche Anhänger finden.' I.S.,
Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 1995. '
In jedem Falle ist das "marktgerechte" Angebot einer erschwinglichen Ausgabe der Concordance
ein begrüßenswertes Unterfangen.' Stefan Leder,
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften, 1994. Reviews of the first edition: '
Professor Wensinck has put the whole world of Arabian scholarship, both East and West, in his debt.' Alfred Guillaume,
The Royal Asiatic Society. '
...monumentale...mine précieuse…' G. Ryckmans,
Le Muséon, 1934. '
...unentbehrliches Hilfsmittel…' Johann Fück,
Olz, 1934. '
...unverzichtbaren Hilfsmittel und Nachschlagewerk der Islamwissenschaft…' I.S.
Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 1995.
Students and scholars of the Tradition literature of Islam.