JONATHAN E. BROCKOPP, Ph.D.
814-863-1338 (office); 814-863-7840 (fax)
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, teaching courses in Islamic history and religion, with research interests in: Islamic law; comparative religions; religious ethics; Arabic language and literature.
(Additional graduate study at the
with High Distinction,
of Life: Abortion, War and Euthanasia. Editor and contributor. Studies in Comparative Religion.
Reviewed in Library
Journal 128.8 (
Early Mālikī Law: Ibn cAbd al-Hakam and his Major Compendium of Jurisprudence. Studies
in Islamic Law and Society 14.
Reviewed in Islamic Law and Society 9 (2002): 271-274; Journal of Islamic Studies 13 (2002): 42-49; Journal of the American Oriental Society 122 (2002): 91-93; Der Islam 80.1 (2003): 157-61.
Islam in Practice: A Sourcebook. Co-author with Jacob Neusner and Tamara Sonn.
Reviewed in Choice 38 (2000): 348; Journal of Semitic Studies 48.1 (Spring, 2003), 109-121 (reprinted in Review of Rabbinic Judaism 6.2-3 , 333-345).
SCHOLARLY ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:
“Theorizing Charismatic Authority in Early Islamic Law” article under review.
“The Minor Compendium of Ibn cAbd al-Hakam (d. 214/829) and its reception in the early Mālikī school.” Forthcoming in Islamic Law and Society.
“Taking and saving life: The Islamic context” in Islamic Ethics of Life.
“The ‘good death’ in Islamic
theology and law” in Islamic Ethics of
“Jihad and Islamic History” in ARC, The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies,
“Islamic Ethics of Saving Life: A comparative perspective” in Medicine and Law, 21 (2002):225-241.
“The Essential Sharia:
Teaching Islamic law in the religious studies classroom” in Teaching Islam, ed. Brannon Wheeler.
“Competing Theories of Authority in
early Mālikī Texts” in Studies in Islamic Legal Theory, ed. Bernard Weiss.
“Islam” in Death and the Afterlife, ed. Jacob Neusner.
“Literary Genealogies from the Mosque-Library of Kairouan,” Islamic Law and Society 6 (1999): 393-402 (Review article of Beiträge zur Geschichte der Hadīth- und Rechtsgelehrsamkeit der Mālikiyya in Nordafrika bis zum 5. Jh. d.H. by Miklos Muranyi)
“Islam” in Women and Families, ed. Jacob Neusner.
“Introduction” to the special issue entitled “The Islamic Ethics of Life,” The Muslim World 89 (1999): 117-121.
“Islam” in Evil
and Suffering, ed. Jacob Neusner,
“Early Islamic Jurisprudence in
“Re-reading the History of Early Mālikī Jurisprudence,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 118 (1998): 233-38. (Review article of Das “K. al-Wādiha” des cAbd al-Malik b. Habīb: Edition und Kommentar zu Ms. Qarawiyyīn 809/40 (Abwāb al-Tahāra) by Beatrix Ossendorf-Conrad.)
“Islam” in Sacred
Text and Authority, ed. Jacob Neusner,
“Islam” in God, ed. Jacob Neusner.
“Sources for Studying Islam” in The
Pilgrim Library of World Religions, ed. Jacob Neusner.
“Slaves and Slavery” forthcoming in The Encyclopedia of the Qur'ān,
ed. Jane Dammen McAuliffe, et al.
“Prisoners” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur'ān, 4 (2004): 276-78.
“Servants” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur'ān, 4 (2004): 576-80.
ibn Anas” in Encyclopedia
of Islam and the Muslim World, ed. Richard C. Martin, et al.
“Sharia” in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2:618-19.
“Justice and Injustice” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur'ān, 3:69-74.
“Captives” and “Concubines” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur'ān, 1:289-90 and 1:396-97.
“The development of exegesis in early Islam: the authenticity of Muslim literature from the formative period by Herbert Berg.” Forthcoming in Islamic Law and Society.
“Islam in Black America: Identity, liberation, and difference in African-American Islamic thought by Edward E. Curtis IV.” Forthcoming in Religious Studies Review.
and Islamic Law. A Comparative Study of Custom
during the Geonic Period by Gideon
Libson. Forthcoming in
“A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative religion in the postmodern age edited by Kimberley Patton and Benjamin Ray.” Religious Studies Review 36 (2002): 227.
“Reinterpreting Islamic Historiography by Tayeb El-Hibri.”
“Islamic Law: Theory and practice edited by Robert Gleave and Eugenia Kermeli.” Law and Religion 15 (2001-02): 417-19.
“Contingency in a Sacred Law: Legal and ethical norms in the Muslim Fiqh by Baber Johansen.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (2001), 108-109.
“The Origins of Islamic Law by Yasin Dutton” in Islamic Law and Society 7 (2000), 398-400.
“The Formation of the Sunni Schools Of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E. by Christopher Melchert” in Religious Studies Review 26.1 (January, 2000): 107.
“The Dual Nature Of Islamic Fundamentalism by Johannes J. G. Jansen” in Religious Studies Review 26.1 (January, 2000): 110-11.
“A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An introduction to Sunnī usūl al-fiqh by Wael Hallaq” in The Middle East Journal, 53.4 (1999): 661-63.
“Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and their fatwas, ed. Masud, Messick and Powers” in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998).
“Eunuchs and Sacred Boundaries in Islamic Society by Shaun Marmon” in Religious Studies Review, 23.2 (April, 1997): 200.
“Der heilige Krieg (Ğihād) aus der Sicht der mālikitischen Rechtsschule by Mathias von Bredow” in Journal of the American Oriental Society, 117 (1997): 179-80.
“Al-Maqasid by Noah Ha Mim Keller” in Religious Studies Review 22.4 (October, 1996): 356.
“Understanding Islamic Ethics” in Centre Daily
“Dancing with Death: Revisiting Martyrdom in an Era of Suicide Bombers” The Cresset 67.5 (June 2004): 17-23.
“Resources for Teaching Islam” (editor and contributor) Religious Studies News 17.2 (March, 2002), 9, 12 and 21.
“Statement from Scholars of the Islamic Religion” (co-author) in Amerasia Journal 27:3 (2001): 277-280.
Report” in The Fulbrighter (
WORK IN PROGRESS
Articles contracted for the Encyclopedia of Islam (third edition) on “Asad b. al-Furāt” “Asbagh b. al-Faraj” and “Ashhab b. ‘Abd al-‘Azīz.”
“Sahnūn b. Sa`īd.” Book chapter in preparation for Islamic Legal Thought: Jurists and their works, eds. Susan Spectorsky and David Powers.
The Charismatic Authority of the Muslim Scholar. Book manuscript in preparation.
Medical Ethics: Case Studies.” International conference to be
2005: “Early Islamic law: A new text” to the American Oriental Society meeting in
2004: “Sahnun b. Sa'id and the Meaning of the Mudawwana” to the Middle East Studies Association national meeting in
. San Francisco
“Charismatic Authority in Islamic Traditions: the Weberian Paradigm Revisited” to be presented at
. Swarthmore College
with Death: Revisiting Martyrdom in an Era of Suicide Bombers” at
Ethics of Saving Life: A comparative perspective” to the International
Conference on Islamic Medical Ethics.
2000: “Charisma and Legal Authority”
to the Faculty Seminar,
“The Beginning of the
“The prayer for rain in al-Mukhtasar al-Saghīr by Ibn `Abd al-Hakam (d. 214/829)” to the closing conference of the Working Group on Islamic Law and the State, Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1999: “Competing theories of authority
in early Mālikī texts” to the Working Group
on Islamic Law and the State, Institute for Advanced Study, the
“The 'good death' in the classical Islamic sources” to the Middle
East Studies Association in
“Theory or Theology: Understanding Mālikī usūl al-fiqh” to a special conference on Islamic legal theory
sponsored by the
1997: “A Mirror for Qādīs: the lives of cAbdallāh b. cAbd al-Hakam (d. 214/829) and Sahnūn b. Sacīd (d. 240/856)” presented to the Middle East Studies Association in San Francisco and the Second International Conference on Islamic Law in Granada, Spain.
“MS Kairouan 14/94 and the puzzle of early Mālikī
fiqh” to the Columbia Arabic Seminar,
1996: “The Authenticity of Mālik b. Anas' Juristic
Dicta” to the American Oriental Society in
in Dialogue with non-Muslims” to the
1996: “Slavery in the Qur'ān and in Early Islamic Society” to the
1994: “The Development of the mukātab and
the umm walad
in Early Islamic Law” to the Workshop on Islamic Law in
“Early Debates in the Formation of Islamic Law: the Case of
Slavery” to the
“The Importance of cAbdallāh
b. cAbd al-Hakam
(d. 214/829) for the
1993: “Paradox or Contradiction: Free
Will and Determinism in the Qur'ān” to the
2005: “Contested Images of Muslim Women” at the University of Kentucky President's Commission on Women annual retreat.
“Visions of Peace and Justice in the Qur’an” at
as part of their Diplomat in Residence Program. LaSalle College
2004: “Muslim perspectives on death and dying” Brown bag series, Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine.
“Islamic law: a new text” as part of the
and Islamic History” as part of the War and Ethics lecture series, Rock Ethics Institute at
“Islamic Ethics of Saving Life: A comparative
perspective” as the “First Annual Distinguished Speaker in Comparative
Religion” at the
in Historical Context” as part of the
2003: “The History of the Qur'an: from compilation to canonization” as part of the Penn State Religious Studies lecture series.
Jihad and Islamic History” at Simon’s
Law, War, and Terrorism” at
Islamic History” at Sacred
“The Rational Distribution of Scarce Resources in Islam” presented to the Bard College Economics Club.
on Jihad and Islamic history at
understandings of Jihad” to
“Islamic Ethics of War and Peace” as part of Bard College Family Weekend and several other local venues including: Hudson Valley Ministerium.
“Contested Images of Muslim Women” at Bard Conference “God and Sexuality.”
2000: “Dawr al-Qur`ān fī ta`rīkh al-Islām wa-ta`rīkh
al-lughat al-`arabiyya (The
Role of the Qur’an in the History of Islam and the
Arabic Language)” at
“Problems in manuscript research” at the Centre des Ètudes Maghrèbines à
1999: “Compilation and canonization of
the Qur'ān” at Tel Aviv and
“The Manuscript collections of
“The Qur'an as a source for slavery in
1998: “Theological and political
aspects of teaching Islam” at
“Marking Space: mosque architecture in
2005: Guest on “Odyssey” radio talk show (Public Radio International) to discuss “Religious Understandings of Suffering and Evil.”
Background interview with Delia Lloyd, associate producer at Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) on Religious Views of Education.
2004: Quoted in three different stories in the Daily Collegian surrounding the third anniversary of 9/11.
by Janet Tu of the
Interviewed by Christl Dabu, free-lance journalist, on the ethics of stem cell research.
2003: Background interview with Susan Goldstein, producer for PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
“Islam: an interview with Jonathan E. Brockopp” by Henry Meiniger; Berkshire HomeStyle (January), 30-33.
2002: Quoted in Orlando Sentinel article “Religion Revival” (September 24) by Mark Pinsky.
Quoted in lead article for Newsweek on “Heaven” (August 12) by Lisa Miller, senior editor.
Quoted in Poughkeepsie Journal article “Islam shares aspects of other major faiths” by Elizabeth Lynch (March 6)
Radio Interview with KFAB in
Quoted in Boston Globe article “New interest in Islam has scholars busy” by Michael Paulson (January 26).
2001: Post-September 11: Background information
on Islam to numerous media outlets, including:
Quoted in Neue Züricher Zeitung, August, article on “Suicide and Euthanasia in Islam” by Eva Orthmann (reprinted September 15 as “The Hour of Death is in God’s hand alone”)
Christian Science Monitor, Background information for March 15 article “Ancient Islamic texts to see light of Net” by Sarah Gauch.
Other: Included on Religionsource (www.religionsource.org); official
with Clio Magazine (
Interview with WAMC (Albany NPR affiliate) October, 1996
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Appointed to the Task Force on the Independent Meeting
Editorial Board, Comparative Islamic Studies.
: Equinox. London
Presided over panel on “The Legacy of Franz Rosenthal” at the
Presided over panel on “Teaching Islam after September 11” at the AAR meeting in Toronto (2002).
Member of the international planning board
Steering committee member
for International Masters program in Middle East Studies at
Guest Editor of a special edition of The Muslim World (April, 1999) devoted to Islamic ethics.
Reviewed in Arab Studies Quarterly 22 (2000): 114-116.
Organized panel for the
Manuscript review for Harvard
Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, International
Fellowship proposal review for
Member, Graduate Placement Committee, History department (2004 to present)
Co-chair, Middle East Studies Committee (2003 to present)
Member, Graduate Affairs Committee, History department (2003 to present)
Mock interviews for Rhodes and Marshall scholarships (Fall, 2003).
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2005: Rock Ethics Institute Initiative Grant “Religious Ethics”
2004: Choice magazine “Outstanding Academic Title” awarded to Islamic Ethics of Life.
Programs Faculty Travel Grant to enhance course: “
2002: Freeman Foundation grant to develop new course: “Islam in
Guest professorship, Center for Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,
2000: Fulbright Senior Scholar award
for research in
1999: Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, The Hebrew University; Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education for study in Spain (declined); Social Studies Research Council grant (declined).
College Faculty Research and Travel Grant for research in
1993-1994: Prize dissertation fellowship from the Whiting Foundation.
Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) stipend for study in
fellowship for study in
1988-1993: Yale University graduate fellowships; 1990, Henry Hart Rice fellowship for travel in the Middle East, Rotary Foundation fellowship (declined); 1984, Graduated from Valparaiso University “with High Distinction,” and with “Senior Honors”, associate of Christ College honors program, member of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society.
ARABIC Excellent command of both classical and Modern Standard Arabic, good conversational skills in several modern dialects
FRENCH Excellent reading, moderate spoken
SPANISH Good reading, moderate spoken
HEBREW Reading with dictionary
Member, International Connections Committee (2004-)
Co-chair of the section for the study of Islam (2000-2003)
Webmaster of Islam Section web page (1997-2001)
Islam Section Steering Committee (1996-2003)
Moderator of IslamAAR, on-line discussion group (since 1995)
AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR MAGHRIB STUDIES
AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY
Member of the Islamic Law Study Group (since 1994)
International Society for Islamic Legal Studies
MIDDLE EAST MEDIEVALISTS
MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION
HIST 83s The Arabian Nights in Islamic Cultural Perspectives (first-year seminar)
RL ST 597c Feminism and Islam (cross-listed with Women’s Studies and History)
OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1995-2003 Assistant Professor of Religion,
Fall, 1994 Teaching assistant at
1992-1993 Visiting lecturer at
Fall, 1991 Adjunct assistant professor of history at
1991-1992 Teaching assistant at