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Identity Politics in India and Europe
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Identity Politics in India and Europe

  • Michael Dusche - Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India

© 2010 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book highlights the present perceptions of the East and the West as seen through the eyes of eminent scholars from India, and in doing so, theorises on identity politics.

Identity Politics in India and Europe combines qualitative methods (20 interviews) with historical and philosophical analysis. The first part of the book discusses the history of perceptions between the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim world, starting from the 7th century onwards. The second part is devoted to a discussion on the emergence of modernity and how it changed the identity politics of earlier times. The third part explores the role that intellectual elites have to play. It comprises interviews of eminent scholars and thinkers in India such as Imtiaz Ahmad and Ashis Nandy. These make for an insightful read, especially as subtle ideological differences surface in their responses to a set of common questions.

The interviews are set in the historical context of the relations between Europe and the Muslim world and analysed from a theoretical angle, drawing from theories of modernity, conceptions of justice and notions of identity politics.

The book will be of great interest to the world of social science academia, especially those with specific interest in the history of transnational politics.
 
Introduction
 
I: "EUROPE" AND "THE MUSLIM WORLD" / A BRIEF HISTORY OF RECIPROCAL PERCEPTIONS
 
Late Antiquity to the Beginnings of the Modern Era
 
Encounters in the late Roman World
 
Islam in Western Europe: Al-Andalus
 
Encounter in the Levant: the Crusades
 
At the gates of Vienna: the Ottomans in Europe
 
The Reformation: Ushering in the Modern Era
 
II: THE GLOBAL CONDITION: MODERNITY AND ITS CRITICS
 
Culture and Identity in Modern Politics
 
The World Polity Approach
 
Institution
 
Decoupling
 
Actor and Action
 
Rationality and Rationalisation
 
Religion and the 'Religious'
 
Progress and Teleology
 
Principal and Agent
 
Scientific Rationality
 
The Modern Self
 
The Liberal System Globalised
 
The World Polity
 
Diffusion
 
The Statelessness of the World Polity
 
Inclusion and Exclusion
 
Identity
 
Language
 
Culture
 
Politics
 
Inclusive versus Identity Politics
 
Identity Politics in Europe
 
Identity Politics in India
 
Freedom to Non-Development
 
Development as Freedom
 
Identity Politics and the Ramjanmabhumi Movement
 
III: INTELLECTUAL ELITES AND NORMATIVE ORDERS IN INDIA, ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND TURKEY
 
Introduction: Survey and Interviews
 
Ashok Acharya
 
Imtiaz Ahmad
 
Anwar Alam
 
Rajeev Bhargava
 
Asoke Bhattacharya
 
Anil Bhatti
 
Roma Chatterji
 
Asghar Ali Engineer
 
Anjan Ghosh
 
Qutub Jehan Kidwai & Shirin Huda
 
Gurpreet Mahajan
 
Shail Mayaram
 
Deepak Mehta
 
Salil Misra
 
Ashis Nandy
 
Aditya Nigam
 
Devdutt Pattanaik
 
Druv Raina
 
Ruby Sain
 
Zeenat Shaukat Ali
 
Virginius Xaxa
 
Appendix: Binary Oppositions in Counter-hegemonic Discourse
 
References
 
Index

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