Jonathan A.C. Brown

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Jonathan A.C. Brown
Born 1977
Region United States
Main interests Islamic Studies; Quranic (Islamic) studies; scriptural exegesis; scholarship on Islamic origins

Jonathan A.C. Brown (born 1977) is an American Islamic scholar who is currently Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.


Jonathan A.C. Brown was born in 1977 to Jonathan C Brown and anthropologist Ellen Clifton Patterson.[1] He was raised as an Anglican and converted to Islam in 1997.[2] 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 Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University of Cairo, and completed his doctorate in Islamic thought at the University of Chicago in 2006.[3]

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.[3] He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]

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.[5] His research has taken him to Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran among others.[3]


Misquoting Muhammad (a book)[edit]

In his book Misquoting Muhammad, Brown argues that the “depth and breadth” of the early Muslim scholars’ achievement in assessing the authenticity of saying and texts “dwarfed” that of the fathers of the Christian church.[6]


Books authored


  • “New Data on the Delateralization of Dad and its Merger with Za’ in Classical Arabic: Contributions from Old South Arabian and the Earliest Islamic Texts on D / Z Minimal Pairs,” Journal of Semitic Studies 52, no.2 (2007): 335-368.
  • "The Last Days of al-Ghazzali and the Tripartite Division of Sufi World: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Letter to the Seljuq Vizier and Commentary." The Muslim World 96, no. 1 (2006): 89-113.

Book Reviews

  • "Review of The Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith," Journal of Islamic Studies 19, n. 3 (2008): 391-97.


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