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4. Identity Politics and the Study of Islamic Origins: The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock as a Test Case


 
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1. Title Title of document 4. Identity Politics and the Study of Islamic Origins: The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock as a Test Case - Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Carlos Segovia; St Louis University, Madrid and Camilo Jose Cela University, Madrid; Spain
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Islamic Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Omid Safi; Aaron Hughes; Islamic studies; Qur'an; comparative religion; rāšidūn caliphs; Umayyads; Dome of the Rock
 
5. Subject Subject classification Islamic Studies
 
6. Description Abstract The process that led to the gradual emergence and establishment of the Islamic religion is anything but clear. The view that Islam was fully formed in Muḥammad’s lifetime and subsequently spread by the rāšidūn caliphs and the Umayyads has been challenged on different grounds. There is no material evidence that Islam was the main reason behind the Arab overtake of the Near East. Nor is there evidence that the latter followed a linear development. In fact, it is difficult to speak of a unified Arab state, and of Islam as a new religion for that matter, until the late 7th century. My purpose in this paper is to analyse the inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock and explore how their rhetoric bears witness to a transition period in the process of Muslim identity making as a






means to examine the tacit connection between scholarship and identity politics in the study of Islam’s origins.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 03-Sep-2018
 
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/30335
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30335
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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