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

Prisoners of Said

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 2 begins with a debate between two scholars of Buddhism, Donald Lopez and Robert Thurman, on the proper representation of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Whereas Lopez accuses Thurman of romanticizing Tibet, the latter suggests that no scholarship on the traditions of that country can ignore Chinese aggression and Tibetan suffering. This becomes my point of departure for thinking more generally about how many in Islamic religious studies believe ardently that the role of scholarship should be to defend a particular version of Islam that is of their own making rather than engage in anything that resembles critical scholarship as conceived in cognate disciplines.

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Hughes, Aaron. Prisoners of Said. Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 37-55 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781792179. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25125. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25125. Jan 2016

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