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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.

At the Gates of Vienna: The Ottomans in Europe
At the gates of Vienna: The Ottomans in Europe

The Ottoman Empire came into existence in 1299 when Osman the first declared the independence of the Ottoman territory (beylik) after the collapse of the Seljuk state in Anatolia. At the height of its power in the 16th and 17th centuries, its territory included Anatolia, most of the Caucasus, the Levant, North Africa and the Balkans. Europe felt constantly threatened by its steady advance through Serbia, Hungary and the southern part of Poland-Lithuania, not to mention its sovereignty over the Mediterranean. Ottoman armies invaded central Europe on several occasions. They lay siege to Vienna in 1529 and again in 1683, but they were finally repelled by a great ...

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