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.

Introduction: Survey and Interviews

Introduction: Survey and Interviews

Introduction: Survey and interviews

The purpose of the previous chapters was to develop a theoretical framework within which to analyse framings of conflict between different religious, ethnic or national groups within a country or transnationally. While the present volume focuses on India, the project from which this work emerged was laid out as a comparative analysis of four countries: India, Israel, Palestine and Turkey.1 In each of these countries, interviews were taken with scholars from humanities and social sciences on issues relating to perceived threats that might be seen to emerge from ethnic or religious identity politics.

Palestine of course is not an independent country. As an occupied territory, it falls under the jurisdiction of the victor. In many ways (communal politics, culture, ...

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