Christopher Melchert

Christopher Melchert

Christopher Melchert is an American non-Muslim Islamic scholar, specialising in Islamic movements and institutions, ninth to tenth centuries C.E. He is University Lecturer in Arabic and Islam at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute, and is Fellow in Arabic at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Melchert graduated with a Ph.D. in History (1992) from the University of Pennsylvania.


Selected publications


  • Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006. (in 116 World Cat libraries) [1]
  • The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E. ( Studies in Islamic law and society, v. 4). Leiden: Brill, 1997.
    • Review by W B Hallaq International Journal of Middle East Studies 31, no. 2, (1999): 278-280
    • Review by P Sanders American Journal of Legal History43, Part 1 (1999): 98

Peer-reviewed Journal articles

  • 2009
    • "Martyrdom in Islam". Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 52, no. 2: 343-344. 2009
  • 2008
    • "Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadīth". Islamic Law and Society. 15, no. 3: 408-411. 2008
  • 2007
    • Melchert, Christopher. "Intent in Islamic Law. Motive and Meaning in Medieval Sunn̐ư". Islamic Law and Society. 14, no. 3: 425-427.2007
  • 2006
    • "Whether to Keep Women out of the Mosque: A Survey of Medieval Islamic Law". Pages 59–69 in Authority, Privacy and Public Order in Islam: Proceedings of the 22nd Congress of l'Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants. Edited by B. Michalak-Pikulska and A. Pikulsi. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 148. Leuven: Peeters, 2006.
    • "Basran Origins of Classical Sufism", Der Islam 83 (2006): 221-40.
  • 2005
    • "The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: How It Was Composed and What Distinguishes It from the Six Books", Der Islam 82 (2005): 32-51.
  • 2004
    • "The Meaning of qala 'l-Shafi`i in Ninth-Century Sources". Pages 277-301 in `Abbasid Studies. Edited by James E. Montgomery. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 135. Leuven: Peeters, 2004.
    • "The Etiquette of Learning in the Early Islamic Study Circle". Pages 33–44 in Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of Professor George Makdisi. Edited by Joseph E. Lowry, Devin J. Stewart, and Shawkat M. Toorawa. (Warminster): E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2004.

"The Early History of Islamic Law", Pages 293-324 Methods and Theories in the Study of Early Islam, edited by Herbert Berg, forthcoming from Brill.

  • 2003
  • 2002
    • "The Piety of the Hadith Folk", International Journal of Middle East Studies 34 (2002): 425-39.
    • "Early Renunciants As Hadith Transmitters". The Muslim World; a Quarterly Review of History, Culture, Religions & the Christian Mission in Islamdom. 92, no. 3: 407. (2002)
  • 2001
    • "Traditionist-jurisprudents (and the Framing of Islamic law" Islamic Law and Society, 8, no. 3 383-406 (2001)
    • "Quranic Abrogation Across the Ninth Century". Pages 75–98 in Studies in Islamic Legal Theory. Edited by Bernard Weiss. Islamic Law and Society, 15. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
    • "The Hanabila and the Early Sufis", Arabica 48 (2001): 352-67.
    • "Bukhari and Early Hadith Criticism", Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (2001): 7-19.
  • 2000
    • "Ibn Mujahid and the Establishment of Seven Quranic Readings", Studia Islamica, no 91 (2000), 5-22.
  • 1999
    • "How Hanafism Came to Originate in Kufa and Traditionalism in Medina". Islamic Law and Society. 6, no. 3: 318-347.
  • 1997
    • "The Adversaries of Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal". Arabica. 44, no. 2: 234-253. (1997)
    • "George Makdisi and Wael B. Hallaq". Arabica. 44, no. 2: 308-316. (1997)
  • 1996


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