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Our Purpose and Mission
Dārul Hadīth was founded and developed to meet the demand for authentic & reliable literature for readers of the English, Arabic and Urdu languages. Whilst many Islāmic bookshops have a plethora of books available (Māshā’Allāh), there is unfortunately little internal consistency within the types of publications offered. One may well find multiple editions of a particular book available, however there is little information generally provided as to which one is the most reliable in comparison to the original manuscript work; or one may find a plethora of books on a topic such as theology only to find the books in direct conflict with one another – Confusion gives rise to the people who seek clarity.
Islāmic scholars will always be the first and foremost reference point for receiving authentic face-to-face Islāmic knowledge, however many wish to supplement their understanding of religious knowledge through academically thorough books (or study them under tutelage) so it is vital that the books made available portray a balanced outlook considering a wide variety of differences of opinion whilst not being so expansive as to include every pretty publication which hits the market yet whose content is unverifiable or contradicts traditional Islāmic scholarship.
As part of the comprehensive outlook we also add a supplementary section for material which is available which supplements the understanding of the publication to a scholarly standard, often in the form of a book review. If you have comments to make about the book, positive or negative, feel free to drop us an email and let us know what you think of a book, we hope to incorporate as many useful comments into our descriptions as possible.
…Finally, we then distil all this into an easy to understand unique rating system which gives a simplified outlook on the book from the perspective of quality. 3 perspectives are given:
- (1) The quality of the publication in relation to its aesthetics, including the cover, paper quality/colour, and the readability of the typeface (font).
- (2) The quality of the content from the perspective of the author/translators skill in rendering a work which adheres to defined academic standards of writing/translation and formatting of the text/references.
- (3) The difficulty of the work from the perspective of prose (reading level), and the level of study required to render it beneficial.
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Expanding Beyond Books
Whilst books offer a comprehensive resource for the student it cannot offer a replacement for a sound, well-learned, qualified teacher who can relay the intended wisdoms of the author, explicate upon it's subtlety, expand upon the meaning, and correct its mistakes. This is particularly true with classical texts; It is for this reason that we also encourage readers who wish to advance in their understanding but may not have the ability to become a full-time student or attend local classes due to other commitments to benefit from the expanding varieties of reliable short-term courses conducted by expert scholars available at one of our affiliates.