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Christopher Melchert is an American professor and scholar of Islam, specialising in Islamic movements and institutions, especially in the ninth and tenth centuries C.E. A prolific author, he is University Lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute, and is a Fellow in Arabic at Pembroke College, Oxford.
Melchert received a Ph.D. in History (1992) from the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis was later published as a book, titled The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, with Brill Publishers, Leiden. Melchert more recently published a book on Ahmad ibn Hanbal, the Sunni jurist.
- The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E. (Studies in Islamic law and society, v. 4). Leiden: Brill, 1997.
- Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006 and 2012. (in 116 World Cat libraries)
- The formation of the Sunni schools of law, ninth–tenth centuries CE. 1992 Ph.D thesis, University of Pennsylvania
- Religious Policies of the Caliphs from al-Mutawakkil to al-Muqtadir, AH 232-295/AD 847-908, in Islamic Law and Society, 1996 - Brill
- The transition from asceticism to mysticism at the middle of the ninth century CE, in Studia Islamica, 1996 - JSTOR
- The adversaries of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, in Arabica, 1997 - Springer
- Islamic law, in Oklahoma City University Law Review, 1998 - HeinOnline
- How Hanafism Came to Originate in Kufa and Traditionalism in Medina, in Islamic Law and Society, 1999 - Brill
- Ibn Mujāhid and the establishment of seven Qur'anic readings, in Studia Islamica, 2000 - JSTOR
- Traditionist-jurisprudents and the Framing of Islamic Law, in Islamic Law and Society, 2001 - Brill
- The Ḥanābila and the Early Sufis, in Arabica, 2001 - JSTOR
- Sufis and competing movements in Nishapur, in Iran, 2001 - JSTOR
- Various additional papers.
- Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Hanbali
- Islamic Law, Sources of Islamic law, Principles of Islamic jurisprudence, Muslim Islamic jurist
- Political aspects of Islam, Polygyny in Islam, Islamic feminism, Women as imams
- Islamic Golden Age (8th-13th centuries esp. 692-945CE), Abbasid Caliphate, Quran
- "Whether to Keep Women out of the Mosque: A Survey of Medieval Islamic Law". Pages 59–69 in Authority, Privacy and Public Order in Islam: Proceedings of the 22nd Congress of l'Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants. Edited by B. Michalak-Pikulska and A. Pikulsi. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 148. Leuven: Peeters, 2006.
- Melchert, Christopher (1997). The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law: 9th-10th Centuries C.E. ISBN 978-9004109520.
- Sanders, Paula; Melchert, Christopher (1999). "The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C. E". The American Journal of Legal History. 43 (1): 98. doi:10.2307/846146. JSTOR 846146.
- Melchert, Christopher (2006). Ahmad Ibn Hanbal. ISBN 9781851684076.
- Melchert, Christopher (2012-12-01). Ahmad ibn Hanbal. ISBN 9781780741987.
- Melchert's additional works include:
- Bukhārī and Early Hadith Criticism, in Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2001 - JSTOR
- The piety of the Hadith folk, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2002 - Cambridge University Press
- Qur'anic Abrogation Across the Ninth Century, in Studies in Islamic Legal Theory, 2002 - Brill
- Early renunciants as Hadīth transmitters, in The Muslim World, 2002 - Wiley Online Library
- The early history of Islamic law, Method and Theory in the Study of Islamic Origins, 2003
- Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and the Qur'an, in Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 2004 - JSTOR
- The etiquette of learning in the early Islamic study circle, Law and Education in Medieval Islam, 2004 - E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust
- Baṣran Origins of Classical Sufism, in Der Islam, 2005 - De Gruyter
- The Musnad of Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal: How It Was Composed and What Distinguishes It from the Six Books, in Der Islam, 2005 - De Gruyter
- Whether to Keep Women out of the Mosque: A Survey of Medieval Islamic Law, in UEAI 22, 2006 - Peeters Publishers
- The Relation of the Ten Readings to One Another / العلاقة بين القراءات العشر, in Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 2008 - JSTOR
- Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal's Book of Renunciation, in Der Islam, 2011 - De Gruyter
- List of recent publications, including three in 2011, one in 2012, four in 2013, five in 2014, four in 2015.