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Isnād


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Chain of authority. Refers to the line of transmitters of a particular saying or doctrine, particularly with respect to hadith. Developed as a science in hadith study, since the chain of transmitters indicates the authority of given hadith. Sunnis and Shiis have different isnad. Sufis also use term to refer to the chain of mystical initiation by renowned spiritual masters.

See also Hadith

Subjects: Islam.


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