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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 doctorate in Islamic Studies in 1978 from the University of Bonn. He was a professor of Islamic Studies at Nijmegen University (Radboud Universitet Nijmegen) in the Netherlands.

Motzki had 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.


  • Reconstruction of a Source of Ibn Isḥāq’s Life of The Prophet and Early Qurʾān Exegesis (2017), Georgias Press. ISBN 978-14-63-20659-8
  • Analyzing Muslim Traditions: Studies in Legal, Exegetical and Maghazi Hadith (2009) [with Nicolet Boekhoff-van der Voort and Sean W. Anthony) ISBN 978-90-04-18049-9
  • 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 ISBN 978-90-04-11513-2


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