Does anyone know which muslims developed the science of hadith, was it the shia's or sunni's(ahle sunna wal jama)?.
If both sects developed the science of hadith jointly then who contributed the most to its development, was it the shia or sunni's?.
I am asking these questions because a shia website i went to is giving the impression that they were the pioneers of this great science. The website is called "www.*************" and you can read what they say at this link, inshallah:
Here's a little of what the shia website says: "As to who were pioneers in this field, it must be admitted that the Shi`ah had taken a lead in this field. The first writer to compile a book on this subject was Abu Muhammad `Abd Allah ibn Jibillah ibn Hayyan al-Kanani (died 219/834). But according to Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti in his Kitab al-'awa'il, the first writer on `ilm al-rijal was Shu`bah (died 260/87374). However, it is clear that the statement of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti does not correspond with historical fact, for `Abd Allah ibn Jibillah died forty years before Shu`bah. ".
Please answer my questions or just give me your opinions.