Classification of students:
Beginner: Cannot read Arabic, or has not reviewed the 2007 course or studied Mustalah.
Intermediate: Limited Arabic skills, has reviewed the 2007 course or studied Mustalah previously.
Advanced: Fluent or good working Arabic skills, knows basic ḥadīth terms, knows some ḥadīth books and authors, understands the ideas of chains, has read/heard some research in ḥadīth criticism, has memorized Bayqūniyyah poem or can read it well.
Materials: Homework 1 (after Session 2)
Beginners: Identifying the Matn vs. Isnad, the 10 imams, the six books,
Intermediate: Mapping chains practice, connections between three ḥadīths (three practice trials from Bukhārī, Aḥmad, al-Jāmiʿ al-Saghīr, highlights the difference in organization of those books) Advanced: Learning to use al-Taqrīb
Short Project 1 (after Session 3)
Beginners: Identifying chains by their ends: Marfūʿ, Maqtūʿ, or mowqūf
Intermediate: Choosing 3 ḥadīths, mapping the chains
Advanced: Using Taqrīb to identify 10 chains as marfūʿ, maqtūʿ or mowqūf