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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.

Zeenat Shaukat Ali
Zeenat Shaukat Ali

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

Religion can never be a potential threat but the politicisation of religion and the people who use and misuse religion for their own purpose and for their own benefits, that can become dangerous. That perception can be rightly said to have become very dangerous. Today, because of identity politics and the crisis of identity, the media is used to spread these kinds of perceptions. These are definitely making dividing lines and I think that the stage has come for people like you and me to try and overcome this because definitely there is a crisis.

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