From The Editor
Hadīth and Sīra Studies continues its journey
After a long period of preparation, we are pleased to present you the second issue of Hadīth and Sīra Studies. Articles of the present issue focus mostly on the quality of academic sīra works in Turkey. It can be said that almost all studies on sīra in Turkey emphasise the correct understanding of the Prophet Muḥammad (pbuh). In fact, the real function of the sīra will crystallize if the problem can be put forth as the correct understanding of the first two Islamic centuries as well, not just the Prophet (pbuh) himself. The need to include the connection between the Prophet himself and the first circle of interlocutors, and the steps taken by the companions after him is becoming more urgent while the temporal distance between him and us is getting bigger every day. Sīra is not just about the narrating the life and the campaigns of the Prophet (pbuh). It is also the way of life he and the companions built collectively, and to comprehend how the companions understood and followed him is as important as to learn how he guided them. The necessity of connecting sīra with the other Islamic sciences which are ever-expanding with the new solutions and interpretations by following generations of scholars is obvious. In this respect, the inclusion of mawqūf and maqtūʿ traditions next to marfūʿs by ḥadīṯ scholars into muṣannaf collections becomes significant once again. We present you our second issue by emphasising the need to discuss the quality of the popular and academic sīra works, and the urgency of building bridges between sīra and other areas of study.
We continue to maintain the variety of works in the present issue. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, review articles and book reviews, we included a translation of classical sīra text. Translation entitled “Beşerin En Hayırlısının Kısa Hayatı (Short Sīra of the Best of Mankind)” is important not just in terms of the authenticity of the content but rather as a historical text written by a Muslim scholar in the IV. (X.) century. We also publish reviews of David S. Powers’ two books together in the hope that they can complement each other, and give a holistic view of Powers’s position. The review article by Mubahser Hussain about the contribution of Šiblī Nuʿmānī (1857-1914) and Akram Ḍiyāʾ al-ʿUmarī to the contemporary writing of sīra will help to analyse the context in which the sīra literature was written in the twentieth century.
Lastly, we are already in preparation for our next issue, and we would like to remind you that submissions from various disciplines are most welcome.