By Aaron W. Hughes
Lately, the time period "Abrahamic religions" has been used with exceeding frequency within the academy. We now frequently stumble upon educational books, meetings, or even positions (including endowed chairs) dedicated to the so-called "Abrahamic religions." yet what precisely are "Abrahamic religions"? even supposing many understand him because the universal denominator of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Abraham continues to be deceptively out of achieve. An ahistorical determine, a few contend he holds the seeds for historic reconciliation. Touted as image of ecumenicism, Abraham can simply as simply functionality as one among department and exclusivity. Like our figuring out of Abraham, the class "Abrahamic religions" is imprecise and nebulous. In Abrahamic Religions, Aaron Hughes examines the construction and dissemination of this term.
Usually misplaced in modern discussions is a suite of an important questions: the place does the time period "Abrahamic religions" derive? Who created it and for what reasons? what kind of highbrow paintings is it appeared to practice? half genealogical and half analytical, this booklet seeks to elevate and solution questions on the appropriateness and value of making use of "Abrahamic religions" as a car for figuring out and classifying information. In so doing, Abrahamic Religions might be taken as a case learn that examines the development of different types in the educational examine of faith, displaying how the types we hire can turn into extra an obstacle than an expedient to knowing.
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Extra resources for Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History
He makes no appeal to some vague concept of shared inheritance with Jews. Nor does he seek to engage Jews except to convince them of the error of their ways. What we witness, as we shall see again when we get to Islam, is the desire to prove an earlier monotheism (or monotheisms) as incorrect or as the bastardization of an original Abrahamic covenant, 38 a br a h a mic r el igions church, and/or religion. The origins of the term “Abrahamic” thus emerge from the polemical desire to exclude and to demonstrate superiority over rival claimants.
To do this, however, they must discredit the claims of their rivals. Although What Are “Abrahamic Religions”? 25 it may seem natural to posit that Judaism has the strongest claim on Abraham because he appears originally in the Hebrew Bible, both Christianity and Islam assert that they are Abraham’s true spiritual heirs. The subsequent story among these rival accounts is not one of peace and reconciliation, as ecumenicists would have us believe, but one of disjuncture and displacement, of loss and betrayal.
This would also include the removal of verses, subsequently preserved in the Quran, that mention Abraham’s and Ishmael’s restoration of the Kaaba, and their prayer to God that He would make their progeny into a great nation from whom would descend a messenger to recite His revelations (Quran 2:125; cf. ” In the visceral world of religious polemics and in the need to deﬁne oneself and one’s group in the face of others, we see “Abraham” and “Abrahamic” as responsible for the creation and maintenance of diﬀerence.
Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History by Aaron W. Hughes