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Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History

Aaron W. Hughes


Recent years have witnessed the emergence of a virtual cottage industry in all things “Abrahamic.” Directly proportionate to the rise of religious exclusivism, perhaps best epitomized by the attacks of 9/11 and the current problems plaguing the Middle East and Afghanistan, there has been a real desire both to find and map a set of commonalities between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is often done, however, not for the sake of scholarship, but interfaith dialogue. Recently, however, the term “Abrahamic religions” has been used with exceeding frequency in the academy. We now regularly en ... More

Keywords: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Abraham, religious studies, history, essentialism, complexity, theory, method, myth, interfaith dialogue, ecumencisim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron W. Hughes, author
SUNY Buffalo

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