Dean’s Professor of the Humanities and the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Religion
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This is a set of critical reflections on the place and role of ‘theory and method’ within the context of the study of Islam, especially (but not solely) as carried out in the field of religious studies, over the course of roughly the last twenty years. The goal here is not to criticise, but instead to come at this issue of ‘theory and method’ in the study of Islam from a more mature perspective. At present in the field there is a diverse set of attempts to imagine ‘Islam’, not as a theological category that must be defended, but as something embedded in and indistinct from the manifold cultures in which Muslims find themselves.
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper Series
ISSN 2633 - 8890
Islam; theory; method; religious studies; lived Islam; gender; history; decolonialism; Orientalism
Hughes, Aaron W., ‘From Both Sides Now: Reflections on Recent Methodological Trends in the Study of Islam’ (2023). Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper Series. Book 9