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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.

Encounters in the Late Roman World
Encounters in the late Roman world

The history of mutual perceptions between Europe and the Muslim world has been studied extensively by a number of authors.1 To a large degree, these studies include the history of reciprocal perceptions pure and simple between the Arabicate Muslim world and the world of Latinate Christendom. The latter is taken as the historical basis of what we call Western Europe today.2 By implication, these studies also cover the particular history of reciprocal perceptions between the Latinate and the Arabicate worlds.

An important turn in the historical writing about the encounter between East and West was marked by Edward W. Said's critique of Western Orientalism (Said, Orientalism). Said's fundamental criticism of the academic discipline labelled ‘Orientalism’ ...

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