Jonathan A.C. Brown

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Jonathan A.C. Brown
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Born (1977-08-09)August 9, 1977
Washington, D.C, United States
Nationality American
Institutions Georgetown University (2010-)
University of Washington (2006-2010)
Alma mater Georgetown University (B.A.)
University of Chicago (Ph.D.)
Thesis The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: the Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (2006)
Doctoral advisor Wadad Kadi
Influences Fred Donner

Jonathan A.C. Brown (born 1977) is a Muslim American Islamic scholar and author. Since 2012, he has been associate professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2014, he was appointed Chair of Islamic Civilization. He is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.

He has authored several texts including Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy and The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, and Arabic language.


Brown was born on August 9, 1977 in Washington, DC. He was named after his father, Johanathan Brown. His family was Episcopalian Christian.[1]

[2] He was raised as an Anglican and converted to Islam in 1997.[3] 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.[4]

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.[4] He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[5]

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.[6] His research has taken him to Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran among others.[4]


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.[7]


Books authored


Book Reviews

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


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