Hadith Collections and Criticism with Dr. Jonathan brown

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahamtullah,

This is an interesting talk delivered at MIT by University of Washington NELC Assistant Professor Jonathan Brown on Hadith Collections and Criticism. Professor Brown recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago where his studies focused on the history of Islam, Islamic law, Qur’an and hadith, Islamic historiography, and hermeneutic traditions in Islam. His dissertation is entitled “The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon.”

The lecture series was hosted by the MIT Muslim Students’ Assocation and held on November 18, 2006.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

24 Responses to “Hadith Collections and Criticism with Dr. Jonathan brown”


  1. 1 Lazypremed February 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Salaam Alaykum Wa’Rahmat’Ullaah,

    This is an excellent lecture series, that’s why I am so glad I’m at Arees. This really makes one want to study hadith sciences at an academic level.

    Jazzak Allaahu Khairan!

  2. 2 hani February 16, 2007 at 1:29 am

    wow he looks young..

  3. 3 danishalhyderabadee February 16, 2007 at 2:58 am

    wa’alaykum as Salaam wa Rahamtullah

    yes it si pretty good, hearign abotu the hadith criticisms from soemoen who spent his time at these institutions of western thought and actually met the people who criticise hadith in such a manner.

    he is really young, or looks real young. Masha’Allah.

    i am looking forward to reading his thesis on the “Canonization of Bukhari and Msulim”

  4. 4 sisterinislam February 16, 2007 at 4:08 am

    As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah

    MashaAllah, that’s excellent! Just wondering, is he Muslim?

  5. 5 sisterinislam February 16, 2007 at 4:11 am

    p.s. Just kidding, his first few words showed that he is Muslim :D MashaAllah tabaarak Allah.

  6. 6 abu ameerah February 16, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Mashallah…very interesting akhi…

    JazakallahKhair for this post…

    May Allah (awj) make it of benefit, ameen!

  7. 7 ExEx Blogger February 16, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Watch, all the sisters are going to come after him…remember mujahideen ryder’s logic?

  8. 8 danishalhyderabadee February 17, 2007 at 2:23 am

    i think he is kind of cute…lol…j/k

  9. 9 Lazypremed February 17, 2007 at 5:31 am

    @ Danish–Don’t be silly! He has forwarded Khalil and I a few of his journal publications. This brother is heavy, Ma sha Allah!

  10. 10 abu ameerah February 17, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    “i think he is kind of cute…lol…j/k….”

    Danish: nice sentiment….!!! LOL

    :)

  11. 11 danishalhyderabadee February 18, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    insha’Allah I need to get my hands on thsoe journal articles from khalil…..I can’t wait…I mentioned Dr. Brown to Khalil the night after I watched these videos and he called me up the next to ask where he teaches. I got this from Adnan a long time ago and just put off listening to it until a few days back. I think he is good conference material…like TDC perhaps but I don’t knwo if they would invite him….Amad, Haytham yall there???

  12. 12 fitnahpolice March 3, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Here is his CV and the courses he takes:
    http://faculty.washington.edu/brownj9/cv.html

  13. 13 dawood April 13, 2007 at 3:16 am

    I have his thesis and other stuff – they are available on ProQuest if you have access from school too.

  14. 14 cpuz June 22, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Masha Allah.. Gazaka Allah Khair.

  15. 15 umm December 5, 2007 at 8:12 am

    asalamu alaikum

    yes, brother jack (as we used to call him) is muslim masha allah. Allah guided him in college while he was at Georgetown for undergrad – just like me, alhamdulilaah. I think he was a sophomore when I was a senior. I remember he would always be studying arabic so diligently in the Copley prayer room when I would go down to pray, masha allah. Anyway, I believe he is married to Tariq al-Suwaidan’s daughter, Maisoon, a nice sister who had transferred to Gtown from GW down the street.

  16. 16 misreport August 4, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Mashallah great lecture. But he’s not married to Maisoon Al-Suwaidan. They were engaged for a while and the Arab papers (al-Sharq al-Awsat) wrongly reported it as a marriage. So he’s single…

    • 17 Darth Vader April 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      Well…I think he is lucky to have escaped her..she is not equal for him…she is problematic….

      • 18 Hisham Mahmoud April 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

        DARTH VADER: Who the hell do you think you are that you can blast any Muslim the way you did our dear sister? The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak goodness or just remain silent.” Just this one sentence from you about Maisoon is enough to transfer all your good deeds to her and all her sins to you! Is that something you are interested in exchanging? If not, then I suggest you post an apology and seriously repent for your backbiting. It’s a cardinal sin to backbite a fellow Muslim. The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands other Muslims feel safe. To all who read this, there is absolutely NOTHING problematic about Maisoon. Anyone who has opinions about anyone else should keep them to themselves and not use the internet to spread their poison about fellow Muslims

  17. 19 what? October 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    What? i know his fiancee.

  18. 20 danishhasan October 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    alhamdulillah

    i met a sister a few months back that took some of his classes at UW. alhamdulillah, He’s awesome in classes as well I hear.

  19. 21 aysam December 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

    He’s one of a very interesting to group of Muslim academic scholars of Islam. His friend Scott Lucas who is older than him and has done work on hadith and law teaches at Arizona’s NES department. His friend Ovamir Anjum who is a scholar of Islamic political thought and Ibn Taymiyya teaches at the university of Toledo’s Philosophy department.

  20. 22 Hisham Mahmoud April 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    DARTH VADER: Who the hell do you think you are that you can blast any Muslim the way you did our dear sister? The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak goodness or just remain silent.” Just this one sentence from you about Maisoon is enough to transfer all your good deeds to her and all her sins to you! Is that something you are interested in exchanging? If not, then I suggest you post an apology and seriously repent for your backbiting. It’s a cardinal sin to backbite a fellow Muslim. The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands other Muslims feel safe. To all who read this, there is absolutely NOTHING problematic about Maisoon. Anyone who has opinions about anyone else should keep them to themselves and not use the internet to spread their poison about fellow Muslims.

  21. 23 ahadithstudies November 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for this!

    More interesting hadith studies can be found here:
    http://ahadithstudies.wordpress.com


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