Department of
Religion and Classics

Aaron W. Hughes

Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies
PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2000

430 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-9359
Fax: (585) 276-1230
aaron.hughes@rochester.edu

Office Hours: By appointment

Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies
PhD (2000), MA (1995) Indiana
Editor-in-Chief, Method and Theory in the Study of Religions (MTSR)
Editor, The Academy Series, Oxford University Press for the American Academy of Religion
Division Director, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
Co-Chair, Study of Judaism, American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Research Interests

Jewish Studies; Islam; Method and Theory of Religion

Selected Publications

Books

  • Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • The Study of Judaism: Identity, Authenticity, Scholarship.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2013.
  • Muslim Identities: An Introduction.  New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction.  London: Equinox, 2012.
  • The Invention of Jewish Identity: Bible, Philosophy, and the Art of Translation.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
  • The Art of Dialogue in Jewish Philosophy.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.
  • Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline.  London: Equinox Press, 2007.
  • Jewish Philosophy, A-Z.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005 (Published in North America by Palgrave Macmillan).
  • The Texture of the Divine: Imagination in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Thought.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Edited Books

  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Twenty-Five Years On.  Edited Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Encountering the Medieval in Modern Jewish Thought.  Edited by James A. Diamond and Aaron W. Hughes.  Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • New Directions in Jewish Philosophy.  Edited by Aaron W. Hughes and Elliot R. Wolfson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
  • Defining Judaism: A Reader.  Edited by Aaron W. Hughes.  London: Equinox Press, 2010.
  • Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophy (20-volume work; so far the following have appeared:)
  • Eliezer Schweid: The Responsibility of Philosophy. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Aaron W. Hughes, and Leonard Levin. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Jonathan Sacks: Universalizing Particularity. Ed. Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • David Novak: Natural Law and Revealed Torah. Ed. Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Eugene Borowitz: Rethinking God and Ethics. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Elliot N. Dorff: In Search of the Good Life. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Judith Plaskow: Feminism, Theology, and Justice. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • David R. Blumenthal: Living With God and Humanity. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Moshe Idel: Representing God. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Lenn E. Goodman: Judiasm, Hunaity, and Nature. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Avi Sagi: The Challenge of Pluralsim and Commitment. Ed., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Articles (Selected)

  • “The Study of Islam Before and After September 11: A Provocation.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 24.4-5 (2012): 314-336.
  • “The Philosophical Thought of Abraham Ibn Ezra.” Iberia Judaica 4 (2012): 59-72.
  • “Religion is Not Simplistic: Some Critical Thoughts on Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One. Bulletin for the Study of Religion 40.2 (2011): 9-15.
  • “Crossing, Dwelling, and a Wandering Jew.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77.2 (2009): 406-412.
  • “The Reception of Yehudah Abravanel Among Conversos in the 17th Century: A Case Study of Abraham Kohen de Herrera.” Bruniana e Campanelliana 14.2 (2008): 463-477.
  • “The Art of Philosophy: The Use of Dialogue in Halevi’s Kuzari and Abravanel’s Dialoghi.” Medieval Encounters 13.3 (2007): 470-498.
  • “Haven’t We Been Here Before?: Rehabilitating ‘Religion’ in Light of Dubuisson’sCritique.” Part of “Review Symposium: Critical Perspectives on Dubuisson’s The Western Construction of Religion.” Religion 36.1 (2006): 127-131.
  • “Transforming the Maimonidean Imagination: Aesthetics in the Renaissance Thought of Judah Abravanel.” Harvard Theological Review 97.4 (2004): 461-484.