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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.

Deepak Mehta
Deepak Mehta

Today many perceive religion as such or some particular religion as a threat—what is your personal experience in this regard?

Well, I think that the way we begin to think of religion in the first place needs to be rethought. I think that there is a return of the religious in all sorts of ways but we have to be very careful about whether this return is of an Orthodoxy, polar dispensations or all sorts of notions of tradition, especially given the new media and the pervasive power of all sorts of global circulations of particular sorts of information. I think that their impact on religion has been exceedingly powerful but relatively unacknowledged. I know that there is some work done in Islam, ...

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