Harald Motzki

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Harald Motzki (1948–2019) was a German-trained Islamic scholar who wrote on the transmission of hadith. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies in 1978 from the University of Bonn. He was Professor of Islamic Studies at Nijmegen University (Radboud Universitet Nijmegen) in the Netherlands.

Motzki has been called by fellow scholar of Islam, Christopher Melchert, "the undisputed dean of hadith studies".[1]

Motzki died on February 8, 2019.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Christopher Melchert; Harald Motzki with Nicolet Boeckhoff-van der Voort and Sean Anthony, Analysing Muslim Traditions: Studies in Legal, Exegetical and Maghāzī Ḥadith. J Semit Stud 2012; 57 (2): 436. doi: 10.1093/jss/fgs020
  2. ^ Lange, Christian. "In memoriam Harald Motzki". The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS). Facebook. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ Elich, Joed; van Vliet, Kathy; Oueslati, Abdurraouf; van der Hoek, Nicolette; van den Boogert, Maurits. "The news of Professor Harald Motzki's death saddens us deeply". Middle East, Islamic, and African Studies - Brill Publishing. Facebook. Retrieved 19 February 2019.


  • Analyzing Muslim Traditions: Studies in Legal, Exegetical and Maghazi Hadith (2009) [with Nicolet Boekhoff-van der Voort and Sean W. Anthony)
  • Hadith: Origins and Developments (2004) ISBN 0-86078-704-4
  • The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence (2002) [with Marion H. Katz] ISBN 90-04-12131-5
  • The Biography of Muhammad: The Issue of the Sources (2000), Brill Academic Pub.


  • The Transmission and Dynamics of the Textual Sources of Islam: Essays in Honor of Harald Motzki, Brill Academic Pub.