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The concept of the Islamic State has been a hot topic for both Muslims and non Muslims. It is often sensationalised in the media as medieval and backwards. But what really is an Islamic State and what are its core functions?

Sciences such as medicine, physics, mathematics, alchemy and astronomy all thrived under an Islamic State. What allowed personalities such as al-Khawarizmi, ibn Khaldun, al-Razi and ibn al-Haytham to prosper? Find out in this seminar.


This one day seminar will explore the following topics:

• What is Islamic governance?
• Role of the caliph
• Social & economic systems
• Historical Islamic states
• Religious tolerance
• Judicial system
• Foreign policy
• Absence of Khilafah


jbProfessor Jonathan A C Brown

Author of ‘Misquoting Muhammad’

Dr Jonathan AC Brown holds the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization and is an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is also the Associate Director at Georgetown’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.

He 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 places such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, India and Iran. 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.

Professor brown converted to islam at the age of 20 in 1997. He has travelled around the world seeking knowledge with particular focus on hadith studies, studying hadith with scholars from the famous al-Azhar university and has received various ijazas to teach.

He has also studied Shaf’i’ and Hanbali fiqh with various scholars.

Dr. Brown’s current research focuses on modern conflicts between Late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic thought.

You can read more on Dr Brown’s CV and published papers here.

Saturday 6th June 2015 10am – 5.30pm

Birkbeck University, Malet Street Building (MAL B34), London WC1E 7HX

Seminar Fee: £39.99 Early Bird: £29.99 for first 100 registrants

Register easily and securely within minutes via our online registration form.


Getting There

By Public Transport

  • Birkbeck is surrounded by tube and mainline rail stations: we are close to Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, King’s Cross and Euston – check our interactive map.
  • Many bus routes pass down nearby Gower Street or go via Russell Square. To plan your journey to Birkbeck using public transport, see the Transport for London Journey Planner.


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In Your Car

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