March 22, 2011, 5:00pm
Utility vs. Authenticity in the Legal Canon: The Peculiar Case of the Sunan of Ibn Majah
Participants: Jonathan Brown, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Location: McNeil Building, Room 286-7, Locust Walk bet. 37th and 38th

Jonathan AC Brown received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia and Iran, and he is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include the history of forgery and historical criticism in Islamic civilization, comparison with the Western tradition; and modern conflicts between Late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic thought.

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Religious Studies Department and The Middle East Center