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Book: Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity

Chapter: Islamic Religious Studies and the Politics of Identity

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25124


Chapter 1 defines in detail the characteristics of “Islamic religious studies.” Here, we see the manifestation of the worst traits of identity politics wherein critical and historical scholarship can be simply dismissed as the stuff of “Orientalism,” an increasingly amorphous and meaningless term.

Chapter Contributors

  • Aaron Hughes ( - aaronhughes) 'University of Rochester'