Sunni Muslims, who are traditionalists of some sort, usually cite both the Koran and sunna as their sources of authority. The Koran is their scriptural text and sunna a term meaning "tradition." The latter refers to the tradition established by Mohammed and the early generations of Muslims. Tradition is anything that's recorded about what Mohammed said and did that didn't make it into the Koran, but has been passed down orally and checked through what Muslims call "a chain of transmission"—namely, that it comes from a legitimate source, such as the wife of Mohammed or a companion of Mohammed, and is considered, in a sense, revelatory.
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Issue: "The Cross and the Crescent" July/August 2012 Vol. 21 No. 4 Page number(s): 12
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