2. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Neo-Orientalism and the Study of Religion

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

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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This essay is written by Aaron Hughes, whose book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity: An Inquiry Into Disciplinary Apologetics (Equinox 2016) served as a model for all participants in the conference “Hijacked: A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion” as we considered what shape rigorous analysis of this good/bad religion dichotomy might take. In his contribution, Hughes demonstrates how such rhetoric is highly operative in much of the subfield of Islamic religious studies and brings to light that its primary function is almost certainly to protect a specifically progressive view of Islam rather than generate and analyse historically critical data about the religion across time.

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Hughes, Aaron. 2. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Neo-Orientalism and the Study of Religion. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35414. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35414. Jul 2020

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