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The Essence of Essentializing: A Critical Discourse on “Critical Discourse in the Study of Islam”

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Abstract Many scholars have called for more critical discourse in the study of Islam, particularly in response to post-9/11 scholarly and popular depictions of a normative, spiritual Islam in contrast to the aberrant, violent Islam. In objecting to these new representations of what Islam ought to be, these scholars promote what they believe the study of Islam ought to be. This disagreement about how to study and write about Islam is a reflection of a much more fundamental debate about the nature of the study of religion.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy and Religion 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC University of North Carolina Wilmington USA


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