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Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam

Aaron Hughes


This controversial study breaks with received opinion that imagines two distinct religions, Judaism and Islam, interacting in the centuries immediately following the death of Muhammad in the early seventh century. Tradition describes these relations using the trope of “symbiosis.” This book instead argues that various porous groups—neither fully Muslim nor Jewish—exploited a shared terminology to make sense of their social worlds in response to the rapid process of Islamicization. What emerged as normative rabbinic Judaism, and Sunni and Shiʿi Islam were ultimately responses to such marginal g ... More

Keywords: Judaism, Islam, comparative religion, critical theory, symbiosis, religious origins, late antiquity, medieval

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190684464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190684464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Hughes, author
Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Rochester

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