Recent review by Pavel Pavlovitch

Dear Colleagues in Hadith Studies,

We would like to call your attention to the recent review published by Pavel Pavlovitch on Harald Motzki’s Reconstruction of a Source of Ibn Isḥāq’s Life of the Prophet and Early Qurʼān Exegesis: A Study of Early Ibn ʽAbbās Traditions. You will find the review on the website of the Journal of Semitic Studies. As pointed by our colleague, Raashid Goyal, in our blog, the “review covers some important methodological issues relating to isnād and text analysis of ḥadīth reports and offers a compelling critique of an unfalsifiable aspect of Motzki’s approach, namely the criterion of diversity, which Motzki has applied differently than in previous studies. There is also a helpful diagram that illustrates Motzki’s findings.” The need to “develop precise checks and balances” advocate by Pavel Pavlovitch is very much actual and deserves further reflection in which our network actively partakes and will hopefully further enhance.


BRAIS 2020 — Annual Conference — Call for Papers


7th Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Monday 6th-Tuesday 7th April 2020

Following the success of its conferences in Edinburgh (2014), London (2015 and 2016), Chester (2017), Exeter (2018) and Nottingham (2019), the British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to invite proposals for individual papers, or whole panels, for its Seventh Annual Conference which will be hosted by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. Papers and panels may be proposed by senior and early scholars from Professor to PhD level.

Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), across all time periods from the formative to the classical, and pre-modern to the contemporary.

More information about the conference and the CfP is available on BRAIS website:

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