Concordance et indices de la Tradition Musulmane (Tome I et II; Tome III et IV; Tome V et VI, Tome VII et VIII)

les six livres, le Musnad d' al-Dārimī, le Muwaṭṭaʾ de Mālik, le Musnad de Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal

Wensinck’s Condordance is an essential research tool for those who are interested in Islam’s Tradition ( ḥadīth) literature. This body of texts is a major source for Islamic theology and law and forms an important source for historians of early Islam. The Concordance offers an index of all words found in traditions included in the six canonical ḥadīth collections of Sunni Islam, complemented by Mālik ibn Anas’s Muwaṭṭaʾ and the Musnads of Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal and al-Dārimī.
The Concordance is the result of forty years of international scholarly collaboration. Under the guidance of Arent Jan 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. The seventh and final volume of the Concordance appeared in 1969 (followed in 1988 by an eighth volume containing the Indices). Making accessible the most authoritative texts of Islam’s Tradition literature, the Concordance is the main key to this far from homogenous but highly important corpus of texts.
This work has proven to be extremely useful for all those who professionally or otherwise are interested in Islam’s Tradition literature. Even in light of the recent emergence of digital platforms that provide access to these texts, Wensinck’s Concordance remains an essential tool for ḥadīth studies and it will continue to do so for quite some time. Although more modest in size, this paperback edition offers a complete and unabridged reprint of the second edition.


- Vol. 1: Tome I (1936); Tome II par A.J. Wensinck et J.P. Mensing (1943).
- Vol. 2: Tome III, organisés et commencés par A.J. Wensinck; continués par J.P. Mensing, W.P. de Haas et J.B. van Loon, assistés par M. Fouad Abdelbaky (1955); Tome IV, organisés et commencés par A.J. Wensinck et J.P. Mensing; continués par W.P. de Haas et J.B. van Loon, assistés par M. Fouad Abdelbaky (1962). - Vol. 3: Tome V-VI: organisés et commencés par A.J. Wensinck et J.P. Mensing; continués par J. Brugman (1965-1967).
- Vol. 4: Tome VII, organisés et commencés par A.J. Wensinck et J.P. Mensing; continués par J. Brugman (1969); Tome VIII: indices, par Wim Raven et Jan Just Witkam (1988).
Arent Jan Wensinck (1882-1939) studied Semitic languages in Leiden and wrote a doctoral dissertation on ‘Muḥammad and the Jews in Medina’ with Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. After having taught Hebrew at grammar schools and Classical Syriac and Aramaic at Utrecht University, Wensinck was appointed to the chair of Hebrew at Leiden University in 1912. Fifteen years later, he succeeded his former teacher Snouck Hurgronje as head of the Arabic department in Leiden, a position he held until his death in 1939. In addition to his work on the Concordance, his magnum opus, Wensinck was one of the editors-in-chief of the first edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

From 1932, Johan Peter Mari Mensing (1901-1951) assisted Wensinck with the publication of the Concordance and continued working on it after Wensinck’s death. After having finished his doctoral dissertation on aspects of Hanbali law in 1936, Mensing taught modern Arabic as a private tutor in Leiden. From 1948 until his death in 1951, Mensing was an endowed professor of Muslim institutions and Arabic at Utrecht University.
' ...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.