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

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

6. The Quest for the Historical: Can Biblical Studies Lead Qur’anic Studies away from Theology?

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

James Crossley [+-]
St Mary's University, London
James Crossley is Research Professor in Bible, Society, and Politics at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society, Academic Director of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM), and Professor of Bible and Society at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. He is author of numerous books and articles on Christian Origins, reception history of the Bible, and English politics and religion, reception history of the Bible, including Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse (Pluto, 2018). The website John Ball, English Legend provides images and resources discussed in Spectres of John Ball.

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This essay takes as its starting point the dispute between Aaron Hughes and Omid Safi on the state of Islamic Studies in North America, and the quests for historical “founding figures”, through a comparison with biblical studies. It will cover issues relating to “critics” and “caretakers”, Orientalism and metacritical approaches to scholarship, and the ongoing dominance of theology. It will provide arguments for the ways in which “critics” can promote their agendas in a way that creates some distance from “confessional” or “caretaker” approaches, including the significance of certain uses of social history. The essay will end with theses (or perhaps suggestions) for the critical historian of Jesus or Muhammad.

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Crossley, James. 6. The Quest for the Historical: Can Biblical Studies Lead Qur’anic Studies away from Theology?. Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam - Current Dilemmas in the Study of Religions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 138-154 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794890. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30339. Date accessed: 06 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30339. Sep 2018

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