Jonathan A.C. Brown is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His previous books include Misquoting Muhammad and Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World, both of which are published by Oneworld. He lives in Virginia.
'For any system of belief that vests ultimate authority in the
past, slavery is a big moral problem... For several reasons, this
dilemma is an acute one for Muslims, as emerges in [this] scholarly
but digestible new book.' * The Economist *
'This insightful, courageous and comprehensively argued book is bound to constitute a new beginning. It is certain to be as widely debated as it is widely read. And we will all be all the better for it.' -- Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California
'A prodigiously researched, provocatively argued, learned and multi-faceted treatment of a difficult and complex problem. One might not agree with all of Brown's conclusions, but the book will be a must-read for students and scholars of historical and contemporary Islam, as well as for anyone interested in slavery and its relationship to religion.' -- Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law Emeritus, Seton Hall University School of Law