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Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Religion And Classics
Areas of expertise: Judaism, Islam, Intellectual History, Historiography, Theory, Method, and Religion.
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Aaron Hughes is the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Classics. A scholar of Jewish and Islamic studies, he specializes in Jewish Studies, Islam, and the method and theory of Religion. Hughes is the author of more than a dozen books including, "The Study of Judaism: Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship" (State University of New York Press, 2013), "Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History" (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Situating Islam (Equinox Publishing, 2007). His 2005 book, The Texture of the Divine (Indiana University Press, 2003) was a finalist for the Koret Jewish Book Award. In addition, he is the editor of the journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Before joining the University, Hughes was the Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies and associate director of the Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage at SUNY University at Buffalo. He earned his PhD in religion at Indiana University in 2000 and was a fellow at the Calgary Institute of the Humanities in 2009. Hughes is currently working on an intellectual biography of Jacob Neusner.