12. Islam and “the West”

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.


Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam (Second Edition) presents a fully updated introduction to the religion of Islam and the various social groups who define themselves as Muslim. Unlike other such works, it presents both insider and outsider accounts with the aim of striking a unique balance between overly apologetical and overly Orientalist perspectives. With the first edition described as a “truly outstanding book", and “the very best introduction currently available in English for non-Muslims seeking a sound approach to Islam” ( Journal of Islamic Studies ), this new edition offers both students and general readers a comprehensive and balanced introduction to the world’s second-largest religion.

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Hughes, Aaron. 12. Islam and “the West”. Muslim Identities - An Introduction to Islam Second Edition. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781800502093. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43109. Date accessed: 07 Jul 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43109. Oct 2022

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