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Lecture: The Prophet Muhammad and the Model of Shariah Pluralism

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Sponsored by:  Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC); Co-sponsored by:  Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Muslim Students Association; Muslims Students Association, Parkland College; First Mennonite Church, Urbana-Champaign
151 Everitt Laboratory; 1406 W. Green St., Urbana
Dec 10, 2012   6:00 pm  
Jonathan AC Brown, Associate Professor of Islam and Muslim Christian Relations, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
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Jonathan AC Brown is Associate Professor of Islam and Muslim Christian Relations in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006.  Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran.  His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011).  He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law.  Dr. Brown's current research interests include the history of forgery and historical criticism in Islamic civilization, comparison with the Western tradition; and modern conflicts between Late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic thought.

Description of talk: "Muslims are often asked how their religion deals with people of other faiths, whether under a Muslim majority or in a secular setting.  The precedent of Muhammad provides a clear answer: an acceptance of religious diversity under the rule of law.  This talk will explore how Muhammad's life and precedent created that legacy."  Pizza will be served!

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