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More from Hughes’ Situating Islam

November 18, 2009

[W]e can … introduce students to the historical Jesus and the ideological implications of oral Torah at the introductory level, but rarely are Islamists willing to entertain the historical Muhammad or the ideological implications of the various legal schools and the use of hadith at this level (or any other, for that matter). (74)

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  1. Eric permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:31 pm

    Seems like a smart book, but who are the “we” and who are the “Islamists” here? If the former are biblical scholars, as seems to be the case, and the latter are fundamentalist or simply non-academic Muslims, isn’t Hughes comparing apples and oranges? Or is Hughes really suggesting the academic study of Islam is hobbled by theological premises to an even greater extent than biblical scholarship is?

    Eric

  2. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    November 20, 2009 11:42 am

    He’s comparing scholars to scholars. Pretty much every introductory textbook to the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament considers redaction criticism, for instance, but Hughes points out that the same redaction criticism is lacking in how textbooks cover the Qur’an.

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