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

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
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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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.

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Hughes, Aaron. Islamic Religious Studies and the Politics of Identity. Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 15-36 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781792179. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25124. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25124. Jan 2016

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