The Canonization of Bukhari & Muslim (Jonathan a.C. Brown) Dissertation
Dissertation of a friend, Prof. Jonathan A.C. Brown of the University of Washington, on the canonization of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, the two ahadith collections considered to be the most reliable by Sunni Muslims, who make up approximately 85% of the world's estimated 1.3-1.5 billion Muslims. Ahadith (singular: hadith) are traditions associated with the Prophet Muhammad's sayings, actions, and habits. An excellent introduction to the ahadith tradition, also by Prof. Brown, is newly available and highly recommended: Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (it can be purchased on Amazon.com). His dissertation has been revised and published by Brill, perhaps the most prestigious of academic publishers.
An excellent lecture he gave on ahadith can be viewed: