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1. Title Title of document Author Index - Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Aaron Hughes; University of Rochester;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Islamic Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) critical scholarship, Humanities, Islam; identity politics; Orientalism; rhetoric of authenticity
 
6. Description Abstract Many scholars of Islam are interested in creating a liberal, inclusive, pluralistic, feminist, and modern version of the religion that they believe to be explicit in the pages of the Qur’ān, but missed by earlier interpreters. In so doing, they create “good” Islam and, in the process, seek to define what does and does not get to count as authentic. As the purveyors of what they now believe to be veritable Islam, they subsequently claim that rival presentations are bastardizations based either on Orientalism and Islamophobia (if one is a non-Muslim) or misogyny and homophobia (if one is a Muslim that disagrees with them). Instead of engaging in critical scholarship, they engage in a constructive and theological project that they deceive themselves into thinking is both analytical and empirical. This book provides a hard-hitting examination of the spiritual motivations, rhetorical moves, and political implications associated with these apologetical discourses. It argues that what is at stake is relevance, and examines the consequences of engaging in mythopoesis as opposed to scholarship.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/28580
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28580
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) western world,
contemporary
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd