Dr. Jonathan Brown
Dr. Jonathan Brown was raised as an Anglican and converted to Islam in 1997. He 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 American University of Cairo, and completed his doctorate in Islamic thought at the University of Chicago in 2006. His Islamic studies have taken him to Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran.
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 Associate 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.
In 2014, Dr. Brown was appointed Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization. He is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, and the Arabic language. 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), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent.
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