- The Four Books
:"Distinguish from the
Four Booksof Chinese Confucianism.""The Four Books" (Arabic: الكتب الاربعة "Al-Kutub Al-Arbʿah"') is a TwelverShiʿa term referring to their four best known hadith collections.
The books are:
Shi'a Muslims use this different set of hadith rather than the
Six major Hadith collectionsfollowed by the Sunni because the majority of the companions who passed down the hadith in the Six major Hadith collectionsare considered to have erred by accepting the Caliphateof Abu Bakr, Umarand Uthmanin preference to Ali, and consequently Shia believe cannot be regarded as reliable transmitters of hadith. Shia trust traditions transmitted by the Imams, Muhammad's descendants through Fatima Zahra. [Momen, Moojan, "Introduction to Shi'i Islam", Yale University Press, 1985, p.174]
List of Shi'a books
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