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Imam Tahawi's Sharḥ Maʿāni al-Āthār is a timeless and universal masterpiece from among the greatest compilations of Islamic literature. Consisting of a wide array of vast and unique Prophetic traditions, it is a detailed and indispensable resource in jurisprudential matters. As a key text within the Hanafi School of Law, it dispels the oft-assumed notion of the School being solely one of reason by substantiating many legal verdicts of the great luminary Imam Abu Hanifah with not only the proposition of rationale, but also with highly authentic supporting evidences. The key distinguishing factor of this work from others, is its unmatchable style of composition and argumentation in deducing legal rulings and deeply analysing therein; all the while assisting its readers by explaining in a coherent, cogent and comprehensive manner. As an outstanding treatise of Imam Tahawi it embodies a lifetime of discerning sacred knowledge and formulating independent decisions based on such; providing a glimpse into the depths and magnitudes of his knowledge. This book has been translated into English in the hope of making the text more accessible and enabling an appreciation of for it amongst the masses.
Abū Jaʿfar Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Azdī better known as Imām Ṭaḥāwī was born in the year 229/843. Although he initially began his studies under the framework of Imām Shāfiʿī, he was quickly drawn to the teachings of Imām Abū Ḥanīfah. After extensively studying his works he became not only a disciple of the School, but developed his erudition such that he was soon recognised as one of its leading scholars and jurisprudents. He also possessed thorough knowledge of the opposition, serving as a resource for ḥadīth and a vessel for religious sciences. He became distinguished in the fields of fiqh and ḥadīth authoring many unique and monumental works.