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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.

Islam in Western Europe: Al-Andalus
Islam in Western Europe: Al-Andalus

At the height of the Islamic expansion, Muslim armies had conquered and dominated the Hispanic Peninsula from roughly 720 to around 12001 and Sicily from 828 to 1300 and had made incursions into Sardinia, some regions in Peninsular Italy and some parts of France (Narbonne). The new rulers, few in number, called their Hispanic dominion ‘Al-Andalus’, land of the Vandals. Like the Visigothic ruling class before them, they provided only a thin layer over a largely Catholic population. However, during Roman times, many Jews had migrated into Hispania and after being forced into Diaspora by the destruction of their temple in 70 ce and their expulsion from Jerusalem in 136 ce. Some were engaged in long-distance ...

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