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 Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics at St Mary’s University, London, and Academic Director of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements for the Panacea Charitable Trust. His is author of numerous publications on Christian origins and religion in English politics, including Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans: Religion in Contemporary English Political Discourse (Pluto, 2018).

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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: 19 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30339. Sep 2018

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