Christopher Melchert


Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Pembroke College


Research Interests:

Islamic Movements and Institutions, Ninth-Tenth Centuries C.E.

Current Projects:

Sufism and other renunciant movements before the Junaydi synthesis; the life and works of Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Courses Taught:

'Hadith, Islamic law, and early Sufism'

Recent Publications:

‘Before ṣūfiyyāt: Female Muslim Renunciants in the 8th and 9th Centuries ce’, Journal of Sufi Studies 5 (2015): 115-39.

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 (accessed 21 November 2015).

‘The Early Controversy Over Whether the Prophet Saw God’, Arabica 62 (2015): 459-76.

‘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.

‘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.

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