chapter  6
From Islamic Religious Studies to the “New Islamic Studies”
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So where do we go from here? How do we create or return to a critical and academic study of Islam from the theologizing and apologetics currently associated with Islamic Religious Studies? In this chapter I refer to this critical and academic study of Islam as the “New Islamic Studies,” one that positions itself in stark opposition to much of the work surveyed in the previous chapters. Moving beyond attempts to create a liberal version of Islam or the desire to defend Islam at all costs, this “New Islamic Studies” privileges the examination and analysis, not the mere description, of Islamic data, showing how they are implicated in the creation and maintenance of manifold Muslim identities on both synchronic and diachronic levels.