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Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami (Arabic: محمد مصطفى الأعظمي) was a contemporary hadith scholar best known for his critical investigation of the theories of fellow Islamic scholars Ignác Goldziher, David Margoliouth, and Joseph Schacht.

Muhammad Mustafa Al-A‘zami
Died20 December 2017
Resting placeAl-Rajhi Mosque, Riyadh
Alma materDarul Uloom Deoband, Al-Azhar University, University of Cambridge
Muslim leader
AwardsKing Faisal International Award

Life and EducationEdit

He was born in Mau, India in the early part of the year 1930. Al-A'zami received his education successively at Darul Uloom Deoband (1952), Al-Azhar University (M.A., 1955), and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (Ph.D., 1966).[1] He was a Professor Emeritus at King Saud University where he also chaired the department of Islamic Studies. Al-A'zami served as curator of the National Public Library of Qatar, Associate Professor at Umm al-Qura University, Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Visiting Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford, King Faisal Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Princeton University, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[2] He was also an Honorary Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.[3]

Awards and RecognitionEdit

In 1980, he was the recipient of the King Faisal International Award for Islamic Studies.[4] Much of A'zami's work focused on the correction of perceived inadequacies of Western scholarship on hadith literature, especially on highlighting the fact that there was already intense literary activity on hadiths during the lifetime of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, at his encouragement.[5]

Literary worksEdit

  • Studies in Early Hadith Literature, His doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge
  • Hadith Methodology and Literature, a general introduction to the subject
  • The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments
  • On Schacht's Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence
  • Dirasat fi al-Hadith an-Nabawi
  • Kuttab an-Nabi
  • Manhaj an-Naqd 'ind al-Muhaddithin
  • al-Muhaddithun min al-Yamamah

His forthcoming works include The Qurʾānic Challenge: A Promise Fulfilled and The ʾIsnād System: Its Origins and Authenticity.

Edited worksEdit


Muhammad Mustafa Azmi died on 20 December 2017, aged 87.[6]


  1. ^ Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi. "Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Azmi & His Contributions To Hadeeth". Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. ^ Azami, M. M. (2003). The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments. Leicester: UK Islamic Academy. ISBN 1-872531-66-0.
  3. ^ Visiting and Honorary Staff, School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Departments; University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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  5. ^ Herbert Berg, The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam: The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period. Routledge Studies in the Qur'an. Transferred to digital publishing in 2005. he died in 20 December 2017 Routledge, 2013. ISBN 9781136115226
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