Attached is the brilliant rebuttal of ‘Allamah Muhammad Zahid Kawthari to the section of Imam Khatib Baghdadi’s Tarikh Baghdad on Imam Abu Hanifah in which Khatib Baghdadi mentions a number of false reports in dispraise of the great Imam Abu Hanifah in a manner that suggested that he agreed with them.
Although the book is primarily a rebuttal, it contains many historical and hadith-based points of interest. It is a must-read for any student of the Hanafi school and for the student of history and hadith in general.
The great researcher, ‘Allamah ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi wrote a two-volume response to ‘Allamah Kawthari’s Ta’nib entitled the Tankil. This edition of the Ta’nib includes Kawthari’s brief response to Mu’allimi’s Tankil at the end of the book, entitled al-Tarhib.