"The Hadith in Islamic Thought and Practice" International Workshop

Event summary

November 4th-5th, 2018 - ACMCU and JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) co-sponsored a two day workshop to deepen and widen an understanding of Islamic thought and practice relating to the hadīth.


The studies of classical Islamic thought and history have made clear that, by the 9th century C.E., the Sunna transmitted by the authentic ḥadīth was considered the second source other than al-Qur’ān, and the method to assess the authenticity of the ḥadīth was developed from the 10th to 13th centuries.

During those periods, the ‘ulamā’ created and sophisticated various theories and practices around the ḥadīth, which led to establishment of the authority of the ḥadīth as the legacy of the Prophet in the Muslim society. Since then, Muslims have used the ḥadīth and its authority in different ways and fields such as jurisprudence and sufism. In this workshop, we will discuss the fertile diversity of the theories and practices that Muslims have made around or by using the ḥadīth in diverse periods, regions and fields.


  • Dr. Jonathan A. C. Brown (Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding/Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)
  • Dr. Michael H. Dann (Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Illinois University)
  • Dr. Naoki Yamamoto (Assistant Professor, Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Ibn Haldun University)
  • Dr. Necmettin Kızılkaya (Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University)
  • Dr. Nilüfer Kalkan Yorulmaz (Research Associate, Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University)
  • Dr. Teruaki Moriyama (Associate Professor, School of Theology, Doshisha University (Kyoto)/Visiting Researcher, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)