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

Business as Usual

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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Chapters 4 and 5 provide two competing models for Islamic studies. Chapter 4 takes as its point of departure a short essay in which Omid Safi, a scholar of religion and a leading player in the progressive Islam movement, offers his opinion on the current state of Islamic religious studies. Therein he is critical of non-Muslims in the field, and instead invokes a number of scholars—Sherman Jackson, Amina Wadud, Jonathan Brown, Kecia Ali, Ingrid Mattson, and others—whom he believes should function as models “to be emulated by the current and future generation of Islamic studies.” In this chapter I examine the writings of these scholars with an eye toward asking whether or not they should indeed function as “models.”

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Hughes, Aaron. Business as Usual. Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity - An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 75-93 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781792179. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25133. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25133. Jan 2016

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