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By Aaron W. Hughes

Instead of concentration exclusively on theological issues, this well-rounded advent takes an expansive view of Islamic ideology, tradition, and culture, sourcing various ancient, sociological, and literary views. Neither overly severe nor apologetic, this ebook displays the wealthy variety of Muslim identities around the centuries and counters the unflattering, superficial portrayals of Islam which are shaping public discourse today.

Aaron W. Hughes uniquely strains the improvement of Islam with regards to historic, highbrow, and cultural impacts, enriching his narrative with the findings, debates, and methodologies of similar disciplines, corresponding to archaeology, historical past, and close to jap reviews. Hughes's paintings demanding situations the dominance of conventional phrases and ideas in non secular reviews, recasting faith as a collection of social and cultural evidence imagined, manipulated, and contested through quite a few actors and teams over the years. Making vast use of up to date id thought, Hughes rethinks the instructing of Islam and religions more often than not and is helping facilitate a extra severe method of Muslim assets. For readers looking a non-theological, impartial, and richly human portrait of Islam, in addition to a powerful take hold of of Islamic study's significant matters and debates, this textbook is a efficient, innovative replacement to extra vintage surveys.

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In Arabia well before the time of Muhammad. More important than asking whether other monotheisms existed in the area, the more accurate and pressing questions are: What were the contours and contents of these monotheisms? And, given the fluid ethnic and religious contexts of sixth- and seventh-century Arabia, is it even possible to as- setting the stage 29 sume that these monotheisms represent distinct markers of identity and difference for their adherents? e. There is also clear evidence that by the end of the fourth century there existed a Jewish presence, which seems to have arrived there from Yemen.

See the comments in Jaroslav Stetkevych, Muhammad and the Golden Bough: Reconstructing Arabian Myth (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000). : Princeton University Press, 1987), 24–26.  J. Serjeant, “Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam: Misconceptions and Flawed Polemics,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 110, no. 2 (1990): 472–486.  John E. Wansbrough, The Sectarian Milieu: Content and Composition of Islamic Salvation History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977), 1–15.  Hence, the title of their book: Hagarism.

McCutcheon, Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). For an attempt to make the line firmer, see Bruce Lincoln, “Theses on Method,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 8, no. 3 (1996): 225–227.  On the problems more broadly, see Russell T. McCutcheon, Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 3–20.  On the contours of the “debate,” see Herbert Berg, The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam: The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period (London: Curzon, 2000), 6–64.

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