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Aaron W. Hughes

Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies

Associate Director, Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage
office: 581 Park Hall, 712 Clemens Hall
phone: (716) 645-8426

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000

Field(s): Early Modern European History

Hub(s): Culture and Society; Knowledge; Transnational Developments

Research Interests: Judaism; Intellectual History; Historiography; Theory, Method, and Religion

Current Research: Modern Invention of Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Selected Publications:


The Invention of Jewish Identity: Bible, Philosophy, and the Art of Translation (Indiana University Press, 2010)

New Directions in Jewish Philosophy, co-edited with Elliot R. Wolfson (Indiana University Press, 2009)

Defining Judaism: A Reader (Equinox Press, 2009)

The Art of Dialogue in Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2008)

Situating Islam: The Past and Present of an Academic Discipline (Equinox Books, 2008)

The Texture of the Divine: Imagination in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Thought (Indiana University Press, 2004)

Jewish Philosophy A-Z (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

"Medieval Philosophers in Modern Jewish Philosophy: A Case Study of Dialogism," in The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy in the Modern Era, edited by Martin Kavka, David Novak, and Zachary J. Braiterman (Cambridge University Press, 2010, forthcoming).

"Boundary Maintenance: Religions as Organic-Cultural Flows: On Thomas Tweed, Crossing and Dwelling (2006)," in Contemporary Theories of Religion: A Critical Companion, edited by Michael Stausberg, (Routledge 2009), pp. 209-23.

"Miraj and the Language of Legitimation in the Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophical Traditions," in Exploring Other Worlds: New Studies on Muhammad's Ascension, edited by Christiana Gubar and Fredrick S. Colby, (Indiana University Press, 2009).

"Jewish Neoplatonists on Soul," in The Afterlife of the Platonic Soul: Reflections on Platonic Psychology in the Monotheistic Religions, edited by John Dillon and Maha El-Kaisy Freimuth, (E. J. Brill, 2009), pp. 143-61.

"Crossing, Dwelling, and a Wandering Jew," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 77.2 (2009): 406-12.


Whichard Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities, East Carolina University, 2009-2010 (declined)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant, 2005-2008. 2008-09

Schreiber Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies, McMaster University, Winter 2008

Lady Davis Fellow, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2004-05

Finalist, Koret Jewish Book Award, 2005 (for The Texture of the Divine)

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