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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.

Anwar Alam
Anwar Alam

For quite some time now, there is a huge discourse on religion and it seems that for some people religion as such or any particular religion can be perceived as a source of threat. What is your experience in this regard?

I don't know whether there is a universal agreement on this issue that religion is perceived as a common threat to human civilisation. I would like to speak from the Indian experience. In India, we never had any problem with religion being organised and existing in any form as long as it does not question the loyalty to the state or as long as it does not claim to be the sole principle of constructing the nation. If we understand religion essentially ...

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