Hosted by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Monday, November 13 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM UTC
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The Study of Islam has always been, protestations to the contrary, a politically fraught field. If Orientalism defined previous generations of scholarship, a recent paradigm shift has moved to Cosmopolitanism. The election of Trump to the U.S. Presidency in 2016 has exacerbated, among other things, the place and role of Muslims in the United States, just as it has provoked a set of responses among scholars of Islam. This lecture charts some of the repercussions of a Trump presidency on the academic study of Islam and examines that field’s responses to it, both positive and negative.
Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S.Bernstein Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Rochester in New York. He has also taught at McMaster University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Calgary. He is the author of over 60 articles, 8 edited volumes, and 15 books. His book titles include Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History (Oxford, 2012); Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam (Columbia, 2013); TheorizingIslam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction (Routledge, 2014); and, most recently, Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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