Seerah studies

Jonathan Brown Addresses Misunderstandings

Jonathan Brown examines the historical misunderstandings about the Prophet Muhammad's life.

Jonathan AC Brown is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He 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, 2011). 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.


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Jonathan AC Brown

Jonathan Brown (1977- ), who graduated Georgetown University's faculty of history in 2000 with a thesis entitled, "Islam and the Muslims understanding of Christianity," completed his doctoral studies at University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, presenting a thesis on Islamic Philosophy. Brown worked as the advisory editor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World 2005-2008 and the Oxford Online Islamic Studies Bibliography between 2008 and 2009. He currently works as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Washington University, Near East Civilization-Islamic Research Department, while continuing to work as the editor-in-chief for the Oxford Encyclopedia on Islamic Jurisprudence. Brown has also conducted various studies in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Iran.

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