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  1. I am interested in learning Arabic for the purpose of reading and understanding the Hadith literature along with the works of our scholars. What form of Arabic should I learn? What are some suggested places to start this endeavor? Any online resources or books you suggest?
  2. Scant historical information is available about most of the wives/daughters of our Imams so it would be difficult to assess the historical validity of the statement. We have a few example of daughters of Imam Ali from wives other than Bibi Fatima marrying Non-Hashimi's but not sure about the daughters of other Imams.
  3. Salam, I am a longtime follower of this forum but have finally decided to sign up and inshallah benefit from the knowledge of the members of this forum. I would like to know your thoughts on one of the most prevalent tehniquees of hadith authentication within Western academia, the isnad-cum-matn method. For those who are unfamiliar, the isnad-cum-matn analysis was developed by the German academic Harald Morzki to reliable date early Muslim traditions and determine their authenticity. Seyfeddin Kara (The holder of the Imam Ali Chair for Shia Studies at Hartford Seminary) explains the method in 5 steps here (https://www.academia.edu/15358226/The_collection_of_the_Qurʾān_in_the_early_Shīʿite_discourse_The_traditions_ascribed_to_the_fifth_imām_Abū_Jaʿfar_Muḥammad_al-Bāqir page 377-378 Do you believe that this method is superior to the current methods of hadith criticism within the seminaries? Why or why not? Have any hadith scholars adopted this or a similar technique when authenticating narrations and what has the results been? Thank You
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