Somewhere Between Islam and Judaism - Critical Reflections - Aaron W. Hughes

Somewhere Between Islam and Judaism - Critical Reflections - Aaron W. Hughes

4. Zindīqs and the Construction of Islamic Orthodoxy

Somewhere Between Islam and Judaism - Critical Reflections - Aaron W. Hughes

Aaron W. Hughes [+-]
University of Rochester
Aaron W. Hughes is the Philip S. Bernstein Professor in the Department of Religion and Classics 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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The fourth chapter, Zindīqs and the Construction of Islamic Orthodoxy, is based on a lecture I gave at the Oriental Institute at Oxford University. It demonstrates how the term “zindīq” (heretic) was used to refer to individuals, though rarely communities, who were believed to be nominally Muslim, but who subscribed to what were increasingly becoming non-orthodox practices or beliefs. It was a catch-all phrase that could be used to describe everything from Manicheans to libertines, and from court secretaries to one’s theological opponents, it argues that zindīqs served a double role: They revealed the wages of improper belief, just as they aided in the articulation of true belief.

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Hughes, Aaron. 4. Zindīqs and the Construction of Islamic Orthodoxy. Somewhere Between Islam and Judaism - Critical Reflections. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 70-89 Aug 2021. ISBN 9781800500563. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42204. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42204. Aug 2021

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