About the Book:
Hadith- Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World
Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur'an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad(PBUH), Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity. Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, "Hadith: An Introduction" is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam.
‘A must read and a great read. The combination of impeccable, critical scholarship with a storyteller’s style has produced an introductory that is both substantive and remarkably engaging’
John L. Esposito Founding Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University
‘A comprehensive study of the scholarship throughout Islamic history dealing with the traditions of the Prophet. A combination of critical analysis and informed understanding that presents a significant new perspective on a much-debated subject’
John Voll, Professor of Islamic History at Georgetown University
About the Author:
Jonathan A.C. Brown was born in 1977 to Jonathan C Brown and anthropologist Ellen Clifton Patterson. He was raised as an Anglican and converted to Islam in 1997. Brown graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2000 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., studied Arabic for a year at the prestigious Centre for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University of Cairo, and completed his doctorate in Islamic thought at the University of Chicago in 2006.
From 2006 to 2010 he taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in Seattle, and since 2010 has been Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has written on Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is currently focused on the history of forgery and historical criticism in Islamic civilization and modern conflicts between late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic Thought. His research has taken him to Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran among others.