Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception - Aaron W. Hughes

Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception - Aaron W. Hughes

Setting the Problem

Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception - Aaron W. Hughes

Aaron W. Hughes [+-]
University of Rochester
Aaron W. Hughes is the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester. His research and publications focus on both Jewish philosophy and Islamic Studies. He has authored numerous books, including Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline (Equinox, 2007); Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction (Equinox, 2012); Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam (Columbia, 2012); and Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History (Oxford, 2012). He currently serves as the editor of the journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.

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The author situates this book in the context of his other publications. The point of departure here, is that Islamic religious studies represents an unhealthy commixture of apologetics for Islam with the dominant discourse of religious studies that privileges experience over praxis and the “religious” as if it somehow existed independently from more social or political (i.e., mundane) concerns. This confusion of critical scholarship with constructive theology has created numerous problems for the field. It means, for one thing, that historical and critical questions are largely ignored and are instead replaced with the quest to create a normative Islam that corresponds to that which are perceived to be universally recognized, as opposed to modern Western, values.

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Hughes, Aaron. Setting the Problem. Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-13 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781792179. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25123. Date accessed: 28 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25123. Jan 2016

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