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Tilman Nagels Kritik an der Isnad-cum-matn-Analyse. Eine Replik


Görke, Andreas; Motzki, Harald (2014). Tilman Nagels Kritik an der Isnad-cum-matn-Analyse. Eine Replik. Asiatische Studien, 68(2):497-518.

Abstract

In a recent issue of Arabica , Tilman Nagel published a fundamental
critique of the isnād-cum-matn analysis.1 He claims that the method is a formalistic
procedure that is incapable of producing any relevant results with regard to
the life of Muḥammad and that is to be regarded as a step backwards in the study
of the historical Muḥammad. He also criticises the proponents of this method –
most notably Gregor Schoeler and Harald Motzki – and accuses them of methodological
flaws and scholarly naïveté. In particular, he argues that the proponents
of this method wrongly claim that it allows the identification of ‘authentic’ traditions
about the life of Muḥammad.
The following article offers a critical review of Nagel’s arguments. It shows
that Nagel’s criticism is fraught with misunderstandings and misrepresentations
of the works he discusses and that his accusations are thus unwarranted and
untenable. The article also explains what the isnād-cum-matn analysis actually
is and how it can be used for dating traditions, which is – in contrast to Nagel’s
claims – the method’s primary objective.

Abstract

In a recent issue of Arabica , Tilman Nagel published a fundamental
critique of the isnād-cum-matn analysis.1 He claims that the method is a formalistic
procedure that is incapable of producing any relevant results with regard to
the life of Muḥammad and that is to be regarded as a step backwards in the study
of the historical Muḥammad. He also criticises the proponents of this method –
most notably Gregor Schoeler and Harald Motzki – and accuses them of methodological
flaws and scholarly naïveté. In particular, he argues that the proponents
of this method wrongly claim that it allows the identification of ‘authentic’ traditions
about the life of Muḥammad.
The following article offers a critical review of Nagel’s arguments. It shows
that Nagel’s criticism is fraught with misunderstandings and misrepresentations
of the works he discusses and that his accusations are thus unwarranted and
untenable. The article also explains what the isnād-cum-matn analysis actually
is and how it can be used for dating traditions, which is – in contrast to Nagel’s
claims – the method’s primary objective.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 68 (2014) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:German
Date:2014
Deposited On:03 Oct 2014 12:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:24
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft; Verlag Peter Lang AG
ISSN:0004-4717
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515

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