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Shared IdentitiesMedieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam$
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Aaron Hughes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190684464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190684464.001.0001

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Shared Identities

Aaron W. Hughes

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam. It makes the case that the study of Muslim and Jewish relations is ultimately an issue of comparison and, as a result, ought to be illumined by the field of religious studies. Despite this, and perhaps paradoxically, there are numerous tensions inherent to the particularism of specific subfields and the generalization demanded by the larger field of religious studies. The chapter then examines the regnant paradigm used to describe Jewish–Muslim relations in the premodern period, that of symbiosis, and signals how the study that follows attempts to undermine said paradigm with an eye to rewriting the history of the early interactions between Jews and Arabs.

Keywords:   Jewish–Muslim relations, Shlomo Dov Goitein, religious studies, Steven M. Wasserstrom, history of religions, centers and margins

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