The Four Great Imams - Abu Hanifah, Malik, Shafi'i and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, have been traditionally presented as the founders of Islamic Jurisprudence or Fiqh.
This series seeks to introduce a new dimension to the way their lives are viewed today, by focusing on their character, and their personal interaction with their families, teachers, students, and society at large. It aims to re-emphasise their strong relevance to a wider Muslim audience who might possess interests beyond the sphere of Fiqh.
This series reflects on the various stages of the lives of the Four Great Imams, as teenagers, students, teachers, fathers, and active members in their communities, and as contemporary 'role models', particularly to the young generation Muslims living in the West.
The series also offers a fascinating insight into the golden era of Islamic history, with prime attention given to the factors and institutions that led to the emergence and development of the Four Great Imams.
An Introduction and Historical Context
The Umayyad and the Abbasid Periods
Islamic Groups and Trends
The Muslim City: Kufa, Baghdad and Madina
Imam Abu Hanifah: the Person
His turning point
Characteristics: Self Control, Brave, Organised and Devout.
Imam Abu Hanifah: Teachers and Students
His teacher: Hammad and Etiquettes of Respect
His students: Abu Yusuf and Al-Shaibani
The Etiquettes of Love and Care for Sacred Knowledge
Imam Abu Hanifah: Society
A Loving Heart
An Honest Merchant
Imam Malik: The Person
His Turning Point
Veneration of the Sunnah
Imam Malik: Teachers and Students
His Teachers: Al-Ra'i: Elegance
Hormoz: I Don't Know!
Al-Sadiq and al-Minkadir: Piety
Ibn Wahab: Focus
Imam Malik: Society
Attitude toward the Rulers
Respect for Scholars and Scholarship
Imprisonment and Torture
Imam Shafi'i: The Person
A Noble Orphan
A Patient Mother
His Turning Point
His Meeting with Imam Malik
A Man of Insight
Imam Shafi'i: Teachers and Students
Teachers from Mecca, Baghdad and Egypt
His Love and Care for Students
His Illness and Death
Imam Shafi'i: The Society
A Man of the People
A Man Possessing a Sense of Humour
Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal: The Person
An Orphan Who Loves His Mother
As a Teenager
A Man of Independence and Self Control
Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal: The Ordeal
The Creation of the Quran
Arrest and Torture
Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal: The Society
His Love for the People
His Love for the Poor
About the author.
Dr. Hesham Al-Awadi was born in Kuwait and educated in the United Kingdom. He completed his BA, MA, MPhil and PhD. in the field of Middle Eastern Politics and History, in various British universities including the University of Cambridge. He also has a Diploma in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic Studies, Cairo. He is an author of numerous books and is a lecturer of Middle Eastern History at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.