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What Is a Madrasa?$
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Ebrahim Moosa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620138

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620138.001.0001

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Preserving the Prophet’s Legacy

Preserving the Prophet’s Legacy

Chapter Seven Preserving the Prophet’s Legacy
What Is a Madrasa?

Ebrahim Moosa

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines why madrasa scholars attach a high premium to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Hadith studies are at the heart of contemporary South Asian madrasas. Hadith is the source of the Sunna, the model and normative practice of Muhammad that all pious Muslims aspire to imitate. Preserving the memory of the Prophet as a model worthy of emulation and remembering his Companions as pious role models is the desideratum of those who self-identify with madrasa orthodoxy. Madrasa life culminates in the study of hadith as both a pious and scholarly practice at once. In addition to the Sunna, the Qur'an is a treasured source of Islamic teachings. Muslims in South Asia, including India, take particular pride in showcasing their contribution to memorializing the Prophet Muhammad.

Keywords:   madrasas, Prophet Muhammad, South Asia, Sunna, Muslims, orthodoxy, hadith, Qur'an, Islam, India

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