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By Jose Cabezon, Sheila Greeve Davaney

Identification and the Politics of Scholarship within the examine of faith gains the most famous and revered students in spiritual reviews providing severe reflections at the courting of id to scholarship of their box. comparable reviews have handled those problems with subjectivity and identification in different fields, yet none have approached or liked the precise difficulties they current for the examine of faith. Cabezon and Davaney goal to fill this hole through supplying a cosmopolitan assortment on sexual identification and gender, ethnicity, race and non secular affiliations and their relation to the research of religions from Christianity to Islam to Buddhism. With a considerable advent that attracts out the most subject matters, matters and difficulties addressed through the essays accumulated right here, scholars and students in spiritual reviews and theology will locate this paintings insightful, provocative and vital. Sheila Greeve Davaney, Jose Ignacio Cabezon, Francisca Cho, Pamela Eisenbaum, Francis X. Clooney, Rita Gross, Tazim Kassam, Marc Ellis, Jeffrey Kripal, Kwasi Wiredu

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Would Tibetans be as “blind” to my ethnicity were I not Buddhist, not pro–Tibetan independence, and not a scholar of Buddhism? Would Tibetans evince the same degree of openness were they in a more politically and economically stable position? Such counterfactual doubts are important to entertain because, among other things, they raise the issue of the extent to which the questions and answers that concern us in this volume are conditioned by history, politics, gender, and class. Counterfactual doubts notwithstanding, however, my experience among Tibetans in the present historical moment has been one of tremendous hospitality, acceptance, support, and empowerment.

Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988), esp. chap. 1. Between Identity and Footnotes • 41 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Richard J. Bernstein, Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics and Praxis (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983), esp. Part One. Bernstein argues for a convergence or at least interaction of these legacies. See Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage Press, 1979); David Chidester, Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1996); and Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).

After Gadamer, Said, and the feminist and postcolonial critics, there can be no question about the role that subjectivity plays in scholarship. No one (certainly no scholar of the humanities) can today seriously maintain that there is such a thing as value-free, neutral, 46 • José Ignacio Cabezón objective scholarship. Who we are affects what and how we do what we do as scholars and teachers. But the issue is not whether our identity affects our scholarship, but whether it legitimates (or delegitimates) it.

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