How to Cite the Sahih Muslim in MLA

The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not have a specific citation method for religious books that can be subdivided many ways, such as the "Sahih Muslim" or the "Talmud." Because the "Sahih Muslim" does have a known, individual, human author, cite it the way you would cite a book. Use your own discretion to determine which or how many subdivisions to specify in your in-text citation: you may reference the volume, chapter, book and/or number you are using.

Cite the "Sahih Muslim" in-text first, using a parenthetical reference. Include the author's name and the page number, the chapter, or the book and number you are citing. If you use the page number, use no punctuation between the name and the number. If you identify a chapter or book and number, use a semicolon between the name and number. For example, after you refer to the text, write (ibn al-Hajjaj 63) to cite page 63; (ibn al-Hajjaj; ch. 7) to cite chapter 7; or (ibn al-Hajjaj; bk. 7 num. 3) to cite book 7, number 3.

Cite the "Sahih Muslim" in your works-cited section at the end of your paper. As a book with one author and a translator, cite it like this: Author. Title in Italics. Trans. Name. Volume number. Location: Publisher, Year. Print. For example: ibn al-Hajjaj, Muslim. Sahih Muslim. Trans. Abd-al-Hamid Siddiqui. Vol. 4. Ontario: Kitab Bhavan, 2000. Print.

Cite the "Sahih Muslim" like this if you are using an electronic edition of the book, omitting any information you do not have: Author. Title in italics. Trans. Name. Location of Print Publication: Print Publisher, Year. Name of Site in italics. Editor of Site. Publication date of site. Institution that Owns the Site. Date you accessed the site. For example: ibn al-Hajjaj, Muslim. Sahih Muslim. Trans. Abd-al-Hamid Siddiqui. Ontario: Kitab Bhavan, 2000. Bihar Anjuman. 2006. May 18, 2011.

  • You may use Imam Muslim as the author's name instead of Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj.
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