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Pavel Pavlovitch – Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Pavel Pavlovitch is professor in Medieval Islamic Civilization at the Department of Arabic and Semitic Studies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Bulgaria. He holds a BA degree in history from Baghdad University, Iraq, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Sofia. His fields of academic interest include proto-Sunni and early Sunni ḥadīth transmission and criticism (2nd–3rd/8th–9th century), history of the Arabs in the Jāhiliyya and early Islam, transmission of knowledge in the 1st–3rd/7th–9th century; methodology of modern ḥadīth studies. His major publications include the monographs The Formation of the Islamic Understanding of Kalāla in the Second Century AH (718–816 CE). Between Scripture and Canon (Leiden: Brill, 2016), and Approaches to The Study of Early Islam (7th–8th century CE). Method and history, (Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2017 [in Bulgarian]).