The abstract explores the debate on the epistemic value of Hadith in Mīrzā Muḥammad al-Akhbārī's "Fatḥ al-bāb," highlighting the Akhbārīs' belief in accessing definitive knowledge through Shiʿi Hadith literature despite the absence of the Twelfth Imam.
The article explores hadith transmitter reliability in the Uṣūlī-Akhbārī conflict. It examines conditions for assessing transmitters, including the debate on the necessity of being a Twelver Shīʿī. The impact of contradictory information on accepting or rejecting solitary reports is also discussed.
The post examines Ismaʿili legal theory in "Mukhtaṣar al-uṣūl" by ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. al-Walīd. It addresses scarcity of Ismaʿili uṣūl al-fiqh works, emphasizes the Imam's role in religious authority, refutes Sunni interpretations, and underscores the significance of seeking guidance from the Imams.
It also addresses the challenges of producing accurate copies. Readers are invited to explore each chapter through subsequent blog posts by contributors.The Edinburgh University Press website provides further information and the book's table of contents.