Somewhere Between Islam and Judaism
Author(s): Aaron W. Hughes
Reviewed by: Anis Ahmad, Riphah International University, Pakistan
Published by – Sheffield, UK: Esquire Publishing limited, 2021, 2003pp. ISBN: 978-1800500563.
The scientific study of religion, particularly in the North American context, is a recent area of study parallel to traditional orientalism which focuses more on the exotic Near East and South and South-East Asia. Its emergence in the 1960s coincided with the Vatican’s concern to develop ecumenism within European and North American Christianity and encourage engagement with the Other, including Muslims.
The title of each chapter prompts the reader to come up with several critical questions and, particularly, make him realise the continuity of a tilted and biased approach or, more exactly, a liberal Protestant approach of studying Islam and Judaism with the Christian worldview as the ideal of religiosity in a secular world. In this book, the author tries to avoid classical theological discussions.