Islamic Religious Studies and the Politics of Identity
Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception - Aaron W. Hughes
Aaron W. Hughes [+]
University of Rochester
Chapter 1 defines in detail the characteristics of “Islamic religious studies.” Here, we see the manifestation of the worst traits of identity politics wherein critical and historical scholarship can be simply dismissed as the stuff of “Orientalism,” an increasingly amorphous and meaningless term.