Narrative Social Structure: Anatomy of the Hadith Transmission Network, 610-1505
Stanford University Press, 2005 - Broj stranica: 313
In both the social sciences and the humanities, current scholarship typically examines speech and social action as separate entities. But do they truly act in isolation? In Narrative Social Structure, Recep Senturk challenges the prevailing understandings of speech and social action, of actor and organization.
Using the example of the hadith transmission network, Senturk demonstrates the synergy between speech and action in producing social reality. Hadith, a brief narrative about the Prophet Muhammad transmitted across generations by a chain of narrators, represents the longest recorded social network presently known to sociologists and historians.
This book presents the first attempt by a sociologist to unearth the long hadith transmission network from ancient historical sources and analyze it using the most recent qualitative and quantitative analytical tools. It demonstrates how both synchronic and diachronic analyses uncover the structure of generational and inter-generational discourse networks used in the process of identity and authority formation. The author concludes that these networks of narrative are constantly at work in the world. Even if we are not aware of it, we are always part of them.
Abbasid Ahmad al-Dhahabi al-Sakhawi al-Tabarani analyzed Arabic authority formation Baghdad Basra biographical dictionaries Bukhari chain of authorities Collins Companions connections per scholar culture demonstrate density Dhahabi diachronic disciplines discourse network discursive and social distance dith genre Hadith Criticism hadith narrators hadith scholars hadith transmission network hafiz huffaz Ibn Hajar Ibn Khaldun ijazah in-layer connections intellectual interaction isnad jurists knowledge Kufah language levels of reported linguistic literary and social Mecca Medina mentor metanarrative muhaddith Muhammad Muhammad ibn Muslim Mutazilites network analysis network of huffaz nodes number of connections patterns perspective prominent scholars Prophet Muhammad Qur'an relations reliable reported speech role Saussure scholarly scholars of hadith science of hadith sciences shaykh shortest chains social actors social network social organization social structure sources stratum student connections Suyuti synchronic Tabarani teacher connections temporal tion total number tradition transmitted Umar Umayyad