New Issue of Hadith and Sira Studies

Dear Friends;

You can access the latest issue of Hadith and Sira Studies from the following link:

Articles in English:

Review article:

Javeed Ahmad Malik and Showkat Hussain Dar – Reviewing the Historicity of Buhīra’s Meeting Incident with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Orientalist and Muslim Scholarship

Book review:

Tauseef Ahmad Parray – Faces of Muhammed: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today – John V. Tolan

Good wishes and stay safe,

Fatma Kızıl

Islam at 250. Studies in Memory of G.H.A. Juynboll

Dear colleagues,

The memorial volume Islam at 250, devoted to the great hadith scholar G.H.A. Juynboll is out. It is available for download from the publisher’s site at the following link

The volume includes articles that will appeal to scholars interested in hadith criticism, the science of transmitters, terminology and various other aspects of hadith scholarship.

Best regards,


Recent publication by Elias G. Saba

Dear Colleagues in Hadith Studies,

I would like to share with you the long awaited publication by Elias G. Saba, Harmonizing Similarities, A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law. You will find the summary and the table of content on Elias’s academia page. Since Hadith and Islamic law are two  inseparable fields, which almost cannot be studied one without the other, this publication is particularly relevant for our network and promises important insights in both fields.


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:

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee on:

Recent publication by Hossam Ouf

Dear Colleagues in Hadith Studies,

I would like to share with you the latest publication of our colleague, Hossam Ouf: Muʿtaziliten und Hadith. Zur Konzeption einer traditional-rationalen Hadith-Kritik anhand des Werkes „Qabūl al-aḫbār wama ʿrifat ar-riğāl“ von Abū l-Qāsim al-Kaʿbī al-Balḫī.

The paper is accessible on the author’s academia profile.

New program for hadith search

Dear Colleagues;

Two weeks ago I discovered Golden Shamela. Maybe everyone is aware of it but it has more than 20 thousand searchable books and various edition of different hadith collections. I use it with Jawami’u’l-kalim ( ), I wanted to recommend them for those who work with hadith texts.

For further information on Golden Shamela, you can look: