Noel King Memorial Lecture: Jonathan Brown and Nathaniel Deutsch


March 8, 2011 | 4-5:45 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Humanities 1 Building, Room 210, UC Santa Cruz
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The Noel Q. King Memorial Lectures celebrate the work of the late Noel Q. King, Professor Emeritus of History and Comparative Religion at UC Santa Cruz. This conversation between two scholars of religious studies reflects Professor King’s lifelong commitment to, and joy in, interfaith dialogue.
Jonathan A.C. Brown and Nathaniel Deutsch:
“Muslims, Jews, and Modernity: Religious, Cultural, and Intellectual Responses”

Jonathan A.C. Brown 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 Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia and Iran, and he is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 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(Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include the history of forgery and historical criticism in Islamic civilization, comparison with the Western tradition; and modern conflicts between Late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic thought.

Nathaniel Deutsch is a Professor of Literature and History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is also the Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Director of the Institute for Humanities Research.   Deutsch is the co-editor of Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Oxford) and has authored The Gnostic Imagination: Gnosticism, Mandaeism, and Merkabah Mysticism (E. J. Brill), Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late Antiquity (E. J. Brill), The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World (California), Inventing America’s ‘Worst’ Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael (California), and The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in Russia’s Pale of Settlement (Harvard, forthcoming), for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

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