Writing the history of Islam today: from recognition to refusal
This presentation reflects upon scholarly writing Islamic history. Professor Hirji sketches out his 30-year journey through academia and the field of Islamic Studies to critically examine how the scholarly study and teaching of Islam reproduces conceptions of ‘foreigner’ and ‘difference’. The presentation draws upon contemporary theories of ‘recognition’ and ‘refusal’ articulated by North American Indigenous scholars in order to consider the challenges of writing about the diversity of Islam in the current moment.
Zulfikar Hirji (DPhil, Oxford)
Associate Professor, Anthropology