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Pitfalls of Scholarship

Lessons from Islamic Studies

Authors: Ahmad, Ahmad Atif

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Pitfalls of Scholarship offers an array of reflections on higher education, its entanglements with humanity's pursuit of natural and social knowledge, and the impact national environments have upon it. This book considers the humanities, vocational, and scientific/technological sides of the university from the vantage-point of an Islamic studies scholar in twenty-first century American academia. Four discussions and a personal note make up the parts of these pages. The first discussion sets the stage with a description of the irregularities of our age of late modernity and the limits of scholarship in it. The second focuses on clashes of personal and academic knowledge with social assumptions and convictions. Guiding the discussion is an unlikely narrative from an old era where academic freedom did not exist. The third discussion points to the surprisingly negative impacts of obsession with research methods in the modern academy. "Scholarships of negation" are identified as the main illness of the age, next to popular exaggerations of the value of standard assumptions and excellent academic institutions. The fourth and final section deals with modern education's aspiration toward acquiring democratic quality, and the implications of further democratization of education.

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Ahmad Atif Ahmad is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He also served as Chair of Middle East Studies at the College of William and Mary, USA, and Associate Academic Director of the University of California, Washington Center, USA. He is the author of The Fatigue of the Shari'a.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pitfalls of Scholarship
Book Subtitle
Lessons from Islamic Studies
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56333-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56333-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56535-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95397-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 188
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