6.3. Hadith Sources: Volume/PageNumber System

When citing Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal’s (d. 241/855) al-Musnad and other hadith books outside of al-Kutub al-sitta (The Six Authentic Collections), indicate only volume and page number. Volume number should be indicated without using Roman numerals and a slash (5/13) is added between volume and page number. If you wish to indicate hadith number, you can write it in parentheses after page number.

First Reference Author’s First and Last Name, Title of Hadith Book, ed. Editor’s First and Last Name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication), Volume/Page Number.
Example Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, al-Musnad, ed. Shuʿayb al-Arnāʾūṭ et al. (Beirut: s.n., 1405/1985.), 4/289 (no.8716).
Subsequent References Author’s Last Name, Title of Book, Volume/Page Number.
Example Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal,al-Musnad, 4/289 (no.8716).
Bibliography Author’s Last Name, First Name.Title of Hadith Book.ed. Editor’s First and Last Name. x Volumes. Place of Publication: Publisher, x. Edition, Year of Publication.
Example Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal. al-Musnad.ed. Shuʿayb al-Arnāʾūṭ et al. 50 Volumes. Beirut: s.n., 1416-1421/1995-2001.
  • The names of authors are saved to softwares like EndNote and Zotero as Last Name, First Name. When saving an Arabic name, enter “Kunya Ism Nisba Laqab” in the field of Author’s Name, and well-known name in the field of Last Name.

    Example: Last Name, First Name

    al-Bukhārī, Muḥammad b. Ismāʿīl

    al-Ghazzālī, Abū Ḥāmid

  • When creating a citation of this type in softwares like EndNote ve Zotero, enter “Name of Chapter (Kitāb)” and “Hadith Number” in the field of “Page Number” manually. No need to saving names of chapters (Kitāb) in the softwares separetly.

  • When saving a publication of this type to EndNote and Zotero, enter number of volumes and editions in numerals in the field that indicated by “x” in the above examples.

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