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.

Aditya Nigam

Aditya Nigam

Aditya Nigam

Many these days perceive religion as such or some particular religion as a threat. What is your experience in this regard?

Could you specify your question?

Well, I guess the widest currency in this regard has been reached by perceptions of Islam as a source of threat where Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism is somehow directly linked to Islam. So religion becomes a source of threat because it is being causally linked to certain manifest threats or even to imaginary threats. In Europe, these perceptions of Islam are accompanied by an Islamophobic discourse that would speak of the danger of an Islamic takeover of Europe. In India, there are threat perceptions from both sides. You have a threat perception from the minority side with respect ...

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