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Professor Christopher Melchert
Tutor in Arabic, Abdullah Saleh Fellow in Arabic, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Alternative Contact Details
Tel: 01865 278211 (Oriental Institute)
Fellow in Arabic
Deputy Dean of Degrees
Islamic religion (3rd-year Arabic)
- Governing Body
- 2014-15 academic year was spent at National Humanities Center, North Carolina, USA
- ‘Muhammad Nasir al-Din al‑Albani and traditional hadith criticism’, presented to colloquium claiming tradition: modern rereadings of the classical Islamic heritage, Pembroke College, Oxford, September 2013.
- ‘The Formation of Sunni and Shii Traditionalism in Baghdad’, presented to conference on Baghdad—space of knowledge, Berlin, August 2013.
- 'Apocalypticism in the Hadith Literature', presented to 'Visions of the End' Workshop, Oxford, March 2013.
- 'The Spread of Hanafism to Khurasan and Transoxania', presented to conference on Eastern Iran and Transoxiana, 750-1150, St Andrews, March 2013.
- 'Regional schools of law and piety', presented to the Postgraduate Seminar in Islamic Studies, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, October 2012.
- 'The transmission of hadith: changes in the ninth and tenth centuries C.E.', presented to the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, Basel, September 2012.
- 'The early Hanafiyah and Kufa', presented to School of Abbasid Studies, Exeter, July 2012.
- 'Locating Hell in early renunciant literature', presented to conference on locating Hell in Islamic traditions, Utrecht, April 2012.
- 'The life and works of al Nasa’i'', presented to conference in memory of Gautier H. A. Juynboll (1935-2010), Leiden, December 2011.
- 'Ibn al Mubarak's Kitab al-Jihad and early renunciant literature', presented to conference on legitimate and illegitimate violence at the University of Exeter, September 2011.
- 'The Interpretation of Three Qur'anic Terms of Special Interest to Early Renunciants', presented to the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, February 2011.
- ‘Māwardī’s Legal Thinking’, presented to New Approaches to World Islamic and Middle East Studies Conference, McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies, Montreal, May 2014.
- 'Wahhabism and Islamic law', lecture at Agha Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, February 2012.
- 'Agreeing to Disagree (or Not): The Shaping of Islam in the Early Middle Ages', the Branigin Lecture, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, February 2011.
- I love teaching here. Nowhere in the United States could I normally meet students in such small groups. Nowhere in the United States could I read Arabic texts with undergraduates, either.
- ‘Al-Shaybānī and contemporary renunciant piety’, Journal of Abbasid studies 6 (2019): 52-85.
- ‘Why non-Muslim subjects are to pay the jizya’. Pages 347-56 in Contacts and interaction. Proceedings of the 27th congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants Helsinki 2014. Edited by Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, Petteri Koskikallio, and Ilkka Lindstedt. Orientalia Lovaniensia analecta 254. Leuven: Peeters, 2017.
- ‘Before ṣūfiyyāt: female Muslim renunciants in the 8th and 9th Centuries ce’, Journal of Sufi studies 5 (2016): 115-39.
- ‘Bukhārī’s kitāb tafsīr al‑Qur’ān’, Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association 1 (2016): 149-72.
- ‘Muḥammad Nāṣir al‑Dīn al‑Albānī and Traditional Hadith Criticism’. Pages 33-51 in Reclaiming Islamic Tradition: Modern Interpretations of the Classical Heritage. Edited by Elisabeth Kendall and Ahmad Khan. Edinburgh: University Press, 2016.
- Ḥadith, Piety and Law: Selected Studies. Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies 3. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2015.
- ‘Māwardī’s Legal Thinking’, Al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā 23 (2015): 68-86, at http://islamichistorycommons.org/mem/al-usur-al-wusta (accessed 21 November 2015).
- ‘The Early Controversy Over Whether the Prophet Saw God’, Arabica 62 (2015): 459-76.
- ‘The Spread of Ḥanafism to Khurasan and Transoxania’. Pages 13-30 in Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World. Edited by A. C. S. Peacock & D. G. Tor. I. B. Tauris & BIPS Persian Studies Series 7. London: I. B. Tauris, 2015.
- ‘Basra and Kufa as the Earliest Centers of Islamic Legal Controversy’. Pages 173-94 in Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts: Essays in Honor of Professor Patricia Crone. Edited by Behnam Sadeghi, &al. Islamic History and Civilization, Studies and Texts, 114. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
- ‘Origins and early Sufism’. Pages 3-23 in The Cambridge Companion to Sufism. Edited by Lloyd Ridgeon. Cambridge companions to religion. Cambridge: University Press, 2015.
- 'The Early Ḥanafiyya and Kufa’, Journal of Abbasid Studies 1 (2014): 23-45
- ‘The Destruction of Books by Traditionists’, Al‑Qanṭara 35 (2014): 213-31.
- ‘The Life and Works of Al‑Nasā’ī’, Journal of Semitic Studies 59 (2014): 377-Anchor407.
- ‘Renunciation (zuhd) in the Early Shi‛i tradition’. Pages 271-94 in The Study of Shiʿi Islam: History, Theology and Law. Edited by Farhad Daftary and Gurdofarid Miskinzoda. The Institute of Ismaili Studies Shi‛i Heritage Series 2. London: I. B. Tauris, 2014.
- ‘Whether to keep unbelievers out of sacred zones: a survey of medieval Islamic law’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, no 40 (2013), 177-94.
- ‘Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya and the Hanbali School of Law’. Pp. 146-61 in Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Law: Debating Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al‑Jawziyya. Edited by Birgit Krawietz and Georges Tamer with Alina Kokoschka. Studien zur Geschichte des islamischen Orients, n.F. 27. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013.
- ‘Quotations of Extra-Qur’anic Scripture in Early Renunciant Literature’. Pages 97-107 in Islam and Globalisation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Proceedings of the 25th Congress of L’Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants. Edited by Agostino Cilardo. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 226. Leuven: Peeters and Departement Oosterse Studies, 2013.
- ‘The Islamic Literature on Encounters between Muslim Renunciants and Christian Monks’. Pages 135-42 in Medieval Arabic Thought: Essays in Honour of Fritz Zimmermann. Edited by Rotraud Hansberger, M. Afifi al-Akiti, and Charles Burnett. Warburg Institute Studies and Texts 4. London: Warburg Institute, 2012.
- 'Abu Nu`aym's Sources for Hilyat al-awliya', Sufi and Traditionist'. Pages 145-60 in Les maîtres soufis et leurs disciples. IIIe-Ve siècles de l'hégire (IXe-XIe s.). Enseignement, formation et transmission. Edited by Geneviève Gobillot and Jean-Jacques Thibon. Études arabes, médiévales et modernes (PIFD 273). Beirut: Presses de l'IFPO, 2012.