Virtues of the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
“Gives readers a unique vantage point into the life and piety of the namesake of the Hanbali school of Sunni law… Ibn al-Jawzi, drawing on earlier reports, reconstructs the life and morality of his hero as a complex, earnest, and playful man; Cooperson’s dynamic and accessible translation brings this last quality to the surface to an extent that would surprise many modern readers with preconceptions about Hanbalism.”
“One hundred chapters and over 150,000 words of Munaqib Abi Allah Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Hanbal pulsate with energy; these pages are vibrant with events of extraordinary nature, and they contain hundreds of facets of individual and collective lives of a bygone era; Cooperson’s translation captures the soul of the book…”
“Michael Cooperson’s fluid translation is accompanied by substantial notes and a glossary of names and terms.”
- "Cooperson’s translation is uncommonly deft… On the whole, this translation is a grand success. It will be valuable for teachers to illustrate early Islamic piety, early Islamic law, early Sunni theology, and everyday life in Baghdad."
—Christopher Melchert, Journal of Islamic Studies