8. The Maintenance of Muslim Identities: Beliefs and Schools
Muslim Identities - An Introduction to Islam Second Edition - Aaron W. Hughes
Aaron W. Hughes [+]
University of Rochester
Aaron W. Hughes is the Dean’s Professor of the Humanities and 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.
This chapter, as the title indicates, revolves around an understanding of the various beliefs of Muslims. Without assuming that all Muslims—across time and geography—think or believe the same things, it nevertheless seeks to account for a general and wide-ranging set of beliefs. These include doctrines of belief and faith. The chapter also highlights the various theological schools that have arisen in Islam.