4. Identity Politics and Scholarship in the Study of Islamic Origins: The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock as a Test Case

Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam - Current Dilemmas in the Study of Religions - Matt Sheedy

Carlos A. Segovia [+-]
St Louis University, Madrid and Camilo Jose Cela University, Madrid
Carlos A. Segovia is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid and Lecturer at St Louis University, Madrid Campus.

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The process that led to the gradual emergence and establishment of the Islamic religion is anything but clear. The view that Islam was fully formed in Muḥammad’s lifetime and subsequently spread by the rāšidūn caliphs and the Umayyads has been challenged on different grounds. There is no material evidence that Islam was the main reason behind the Arab overtake of the Near East. Nor is there evidence that the latter followed a linear development. In fact, it is difficult to speak of a unified Arab state, and of Islam as a new religion for that matter, until the late 7th century. My purpose in this paper is to analyse the inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock and explore how their rhetoric bears witness to a transition period in the process of Muslim identity making as a means to examine the tacit connection between scholarship and identity politics in the study of Islam’s origins.

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Segovia, Carlos. 4. Identity Politics and Scholarship in the Study of Islamic Origins: The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock as a Test Case. Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam - Current Dilemmas in the Study of Religions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781794890. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30335. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30335. Oct 2018

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