By the grace of God, I passed my recent viva, held at SOAS. The external examiner was Ian Netton (Exeter), a very senior academic and intellectual historian. The internal examiner was Ian Edge (SOAS), an academic and practising lawyer, specialising in Islamic law. It was a very friendly and positive session, although aspects of my approach, particularly my use of Hadith, were of course challenged. As well as defending my methodology, I tried to take on board their constructive and informed criticism. By the end of the viva, it was made clear that much of their comments were offered to help me think about taking the work forward to future publication and they did not require me to make corrections on my PhD itself. I am soon submitting the final hard-bound copy of my dissertation, which will lead to award of the formal doctorate, inshallah.