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6. The Quest for the Historical: Can Biblical Studies Lead Qur’anic Studies away from Theology?


 
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1. Title Title of document 6. The Quest for the Historical: Can Biblical Studies Lead Qur’anic Studies away from Theology? - Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Crossley; St Mary's University; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Islamic Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Omid Safi; Aaron Hughes; Islamic studies; Qur'an; comparative religion; orientalism; metacritical approaches; Jesus; Muhammad
 
5. Subject Subject classification Islamic Studies
 
6. Description Abstract This essay takes as its starting point the dispute between Aaron Hughes and Omid Safi on the state of Islamic Studies in North America, and the quests for historical “founding figures”, through a comparison with biblical studies. It will cover issues relating to “critics” and “caretakers”, Orientalism and metacritical approaches to scholarship, and the ongoing dominance of theology. It will provide arguments for the ways in which “critics” can promote their agendas in a way that creates some distance from “confessional” or “caretaker” approaches, including the significance of certain uses of social history. The essay will end with theses (or perhaps suggestions) for the critical historian of Jesus or Muhammad.
 
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/30339
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30339
 
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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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd