Tag Archives: Qur’an

Rethinking Contested Ground: The Study of Islam in/and the Study of Religion

The following is Matt Sheedy’s introductory essay for the panel of articles on the state and future of Islamic studies, which appears in the November 2014 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (the full table of contents … Continue reading

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Debating a Discipline, Contesting Identities, and the Future of Islamic Studies

The following is the editorial introduction to the November 2014 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (the full table of contents having already been posted). We offer this editorial here on the blog in order to give … Continue reading

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Ode to Islamic Studies: Its Allure, Its Danger, Its Power

by Edward E. Curtis IV Editor’s note: This post is part of the Reflections on Islamic Studies series. By any measure, Islamic studies is a vibrant field. In the last several decades, the number of tenure-track positions dedicated to the study … Continue reading

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Some responses to “Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice”

I had a few responses to Summar Shoaib’s “Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice“. The first response concerns the opposition which the piece creates between traditional Islamic and so-called “Western” modes of reading. These two great abstractions (the traditional Islamic and the Western) are of course immensely … Continue reading

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Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice

By Summar Shoaib In Western traditions, whether religious or scholarly, reading and meaning are typically understood in solely cognitive terms, as a matter of extracting content from a text by way of the mind’s interpretive efforts. In traditional Islamic worlds, … Continue reading

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Marines Teach “True” Islam in Afghanistan

The following is a guest post from Cris, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This post originally appeared 30 August at his blog, Genealogy of Religion. ********** It is always a sign of war going badly … Continue reading

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Romanticizing the Qur’an

I recently saw this TED video over at Sociological Images. Although Sociological Images is one of my favorite blogs, there are serious problems with it, and I wish there had been some critical commentary in the post. Here are just … Continue reading

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