Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥanbal (780-855)
Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Fikr, 1992-1994
أحمد بن محمد بن حنبل
بيروت: دار الفكر، ١٩٩٢-١٩٩٤
The Harvard Law School Library’s Islamic law collection houses many important foundational texts and reference works spanning a broad spectrum of languages and Islamic legal schools. Al-Musnad is a famous early collection of ḥadīth, or reports of what the Prophet Muḥammad said or did. Collections of ḥadīth are important sources for Islamic law. This work was compiled by Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal (780-855), for whom the Ḥanbalī school of Islamic jurisprudence is named. Like many multivolume works in the Islamic law collection, the title of the work appears in ornate calligraphy across the spines when the volumes are arranged in order.