Are the Prophetic hadith authentic? (Argue both sides of the case)

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The issue of hadith has become an issue of faith, faith which Muslim scholars by definition hold and a faith that non-Muslim Western scholars have no reason not to be sceptical of. Any objective analysis of hadith it seems is a theoretical impossibility as one is necessarily conditioned by one's prejudices and preconceptions. One is forced a priori to choose between two camps, either that which invests considerable faith in the method of hadith criticism …

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…Tab/>H. Motzki, 'The Musannaf of 'Abd al-Razzaq al San'ani as a source of authentic ahadith of the first century A.H.' *<Tab/>I. Goldziher, Muslim Studies (London, 1967- 1971) vol. ii. *<Tab/>M. Cook, Early Muslim Dogma (Cambridge, 1981) *<Tab/>P. Crone, Roman, Provincial and Islamic Law (Oxford, 1964) *<Tab/>J. Schacht, An Introduction to Islamic Law (Oxford, 1964)