Dr Belal Abu-Alabbas


Associate Faculty Member

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Linacre College



Personal Website:

Belal Abu-Alabbas

Current Project:

Dr Alabbas is currently completing a project on the theories and practices of hadith criticism in the Twelver Shīʿī tradition. The project is sponsored by a British Academy International Newton Fellowship and is based at Exeter University.

Research Interests:

Islamic intellectual history

Islamic law and legal theory

Classical Sufism

The history of the hadith corpus as a discipline and literary genre

Courses Taught:

Hadith Literature
Islamic Historiography
Islamic History to 1500
Classical Sufism

Selected Publications:

Abu-Alabbas, B., Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Bukhārī: A Critical Study of his Life and Thought (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

Abu-Alabbas B., Melchert C., Dann M., Modern Hadith Studies: Continued Debates and New Approaches (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

Abu-Alabbas, B., “The Principles of Hadith Criticism in the Writings of al-Shāfiʿī and Muslim”, Islamic Law and Society 24(4), pp. 311–335.

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