Jonathan Brown Lectures

A Crisis of Confidence Amongst Muslims & How We Read Our Scripture

In this talk, Dr. Jonathan Brown discusses how Muslims in the modern world dealing with reading the Quran.

Is there Justice Outside God’s Law?: Making Sense of the Boundaries of the Sharīʿah in Islamic Civilization

A key tenet of belief in Islamic civilization was that God’s law, the Shariah, was the most just and perfect system of law for mankind. The primacy of the Shariah in the minds of many Muslims today remains strong, and an enduring tension in Muslim communities is negotiating the legitimacy of legal systems outside of the Shariah. This presentation will explore how classical Muslim scholars understood the relationship of the Shariah to justice, and how they reconciled their belief in the rule of law with the urgings of equity.

The Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Religious Politics in the Middle East: The Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A discussion with honored guests Led by: Alon Ben-Meir, New York University

Warren Clark, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace

Patrick Theros, US Ambassador to Qatar (1995-1998)

Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel

Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University

How to Understand Prophetic Speech

He (Muhammad) does not speak of his own desire. It is no less than an Inspiration sent down to him. (Surah Najm, 53:3-4)

The Qur’an repeatedly commands every Muslim to follow the Prophetic example. The Traditions (Ahadith) of the Prophet, often more than the Qur’an, govern Muslim life in their ability to articulate practice of the faith. The Hadith provide the information to follow the example of the Prophet as a spouse, a parent, a neighbor, a leader, and when needed, a warrior. In sum, Muhammad as the paragon of perfection, as enshrined in Islamic doctrine and spirituality, hinges on his words. How are Muslims to understand not only his words but the spirit from which they emanate? More directly, what are the practices in our emulation that lead us to follow his example and not speak from mere desire? How do we infuse our spirits and words with those inspired by the scripture and its revealer?

Sharia and the Modern World

Dr. Jonathan A.C. Brown explains Islamic law and it’s application in contemporary times.

Hadith: Between Muslim Conviction & Western Criticism

Finding a hard time to accept hadith? Dr. Jonathan brown discusses hadith and criticism of hadith. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.

Islamophobia in the Making

Dr. Jonathan Brown talks about Islamophobia at the IamY convention in 2012.

Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

Islam and Authors welcomes Jonathan A. C. Brown, author of Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. Brown’s Hadith book is new, comprehensive and accessible introduction to hadith- the transmitted reports about Muhammad’s words and actions. The bulk of Islamic law rests upon hadith reports. With the current controversies over sharia, Brown’s Hadith book is extremely relevant. It explains both Western and traditional Islamic approaches to hadith, has extremely informative charts and an easy-to-read format, and covers both Sunni and Shia views of hadith.

Abiding Stereotypes About the Prophet Muhammad in the Medieval and Modern West

Jonathan Brown examines the historical misunderstandings about the Prophet Muhammad’s life to kick off the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies Spring 2011 Lecture Series. Recorded on February 15, 2011.

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