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The Kutub al-Sittah (the six books) are the primary ahadith collections in Sunni Islam. They consist of Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan al-Sughra, Sunan Abu Dawood, Jami al-Tirmidhi and Sunan ibn Majah. The collections total tens of thousands of ahadith.
The first two collections, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, are considered the most authentic; the word Sahih itself means "authentic." Authenticity decreases for each collection thereafter, although Islamic maddhabs (schools of religious law or fiqh) have differed on which of the non-Sahih collections are more or less trustworthy.
- John L. Esposito (2000). The Oxford History of Islam p. 74
- Ibn al-Salah (1990). `Aishah bint `Abd al-Rahman, ed. al-Muqaddimah fi `Ulum al-Hadith. Cairo: Dar al-Ma’aarif. pp. 160–9.