Abrahamic Religions

A Genealogy


  • Aaron W. Hughes University of Rochester




Abraham, Theory, History, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Abrahamic Religions


Examines the invention, uses, and abuses of the term "Abrahamic religions".

Author Biography

Aaron W. Hughes, University of Rochester

Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S. Bernstein Chair in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester. He is the author 10 books and over 50 articles and book chapters. His book titles include Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline (2007), Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction (2012), Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History (2012), Muslim Identities (2013), and The Study of Judaism: Identity, Authenticity, Scholarship (2013).


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Abu-Nimer, Mohammed, Amal Khoury, and Emily Welty (eds.).2007. Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace.

Armstrong, Karen. 2006. “Foreword.” In The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, eds. Joan Chittester OSB, Murshod Saadi Shakur Christi, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, ix-xii. Boston: Beacon Press.

Daniel, Norman. 1960. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Feiler, Bruce. 2002. Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. New York HarperCollins.

Gude, Marie Louise, 1996. The Crucible of Compassion. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Kuschel, Hans-Josef. 1995. Abraham: Sign of Hope for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, trans. John Bowden. New York: Continuum.

Mason, Herbert. 1988. Memoir of a Friend: Louis Massignon. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Robinson, Neal. 1991. “Massignon, Vatican II and Islam as an Abrahamic Religion.” Islam and Muslim-Christian Religions 2.2: 182-205.

Tisserant, Son Em. Le Cardinal. 1952. Préface,” in Abraham: Père des croyants. Paris: Éditions du Cerf.

Worcester, Samuel. 1807. Two Discourses on the Perpetuity and Provision of God’s Gracious Covenant with Abraham and His Seed, 2nd rev. ed, To which are annexed, Letters to the Rev. Thomas Baldwin, D.D., on his Book, entitled The Baptism of the Believers Only &c. Salem, MA: Haven Pool for the Author.



How to Cite

Hughes, A. (2015). Abrahamic Religions: A Genealogy. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 44(1), 3–11. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v44i1.26545




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