Reversing the Gaze? Or Decolonizing the Study of the Qurʾan

  title={Reversing the Gaze? Or Decolonizing the Study of the Qurʾan},
  author={Sajjad H. Rizvi},
  journal={Method \& Theory in the Study of Religion},
  • Sajjad H. Rizvi
  • Published 17 December 2020
  • Philosophy
  • Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Taking as the starting point, Majid Daneshgar’s Studying the Qurʾan in the Muslim Academy, I argue that the political and intellectual contexts for the study of Islam and indeed the Qur’an cannot be ignored whether the study is conducted in the “Western” or the “Muslim” academy. The construction of the categories of religion and scripture arise out of practices of colonialist knowledge; positionality of the author cannot be eliminated from the interrogative gaze. Beginning with that critique… 

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