Islam & Blackness: An Author Evening with Jonathan Brown and Mustafa Briggs

Monday 13th February

An author evening with Professor Jonathan A.C. Brown and Ustadh Mustafa Briggs to discuss Islam & Blackness.


Join IHRC and Karima Foundation for an exclusive author evening with Professor Jonathan A.C. Brown and Ustadh Mustafa Briggs to discuss Islam & Blackness. This event will be chaired by Habeeb Akande.

Where: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Torrington Square, London WC1H 0XG

About the event:

Entry time: 6pm

Qur’an recitation and translation: 6.15pm

Author discussions and Q&A: 6.30pm

About the authors:

Professor Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 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 countries such as 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), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.His book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

Ustadh Mustafa Briggs is a historian, writer and renowned speaker. He holds an undergraduate degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of Westminster, where he wrote a dissertation on Arabic Literature and Literacy in West Africa. Mustafa also holds an MA in Translation from SOAS, University of London, specializing in Arabic and Islamic texts. Mustafa is known for his lecture series ‘Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam’, which explores the ties between Islam and Black history and the legacy of African Islamic scholarship. These lectures were held at numerous prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale. Mustafa’s work has gained international recognition and has made significant contributions to the understanding of Islam and its relationship to Black history.

He is currently pursuing his studies at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is specializing in Islamic Studies and Arabic.

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