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Misquoting Muhammad: Violence and Heavenly Reward in the Islamic Tradition

Date: September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

Jonathan A.C. Brown, Associate Professor of Islam and Muslim Christian Relations in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Associate Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.

Cosponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Department of Religious Studies, and the Michigan Humanities Council.

Mentions of jihad and the fabled 72 virgins awaiting Muslim martyrs in Paradise have become regular features in both newscasts and popular culture. What is the basis for these ideas in Islam’s scriptures, and how have the Muslim scholars who have defined Islam's teachings over the centuries understood them? Once looked at in depth, the Islamic tradition reveals how debates over legitimate violence and the ways in which heavenly rewards have been understood get at larger questions of truth and authority, questions that are just as relevant in the Western tradition as they are in Islam.

Dr. Brown’s 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), Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014).

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