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Identity Politics in India and Europe

by Michael Dusche SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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The book examines present perceptions of East and West seen through the eyes of eminent scholars from India. The interviews presented here are set in the historical context of relations between Europe and the Muslim World and analysed from a theoretical angle drawing from theories of modernity, conceptions of justice and notions of identity politics. The book investigates challenges to the established normative order in India and Europe, which stem from ethnic, national and religious identity politics. The methodology combines qualitative methods in the form of 20 interviews conducted with academics in India, with historical and philosophical analyses. The first section of this book reviews the history of perceptions between the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim world starting from the seventh century when both were just about to emerge from opposite fringes of the decaying Roman Empire. Increasingly, however, a new "civilisation" took over from within the world spanning European colonial empires: that of modernity. The second part of the book is devoted to a characterisation of that civilisation from a theoretical point of view and to an analysis of its interference with older frames of reference. One major change with the advent of modernity was modern politics, mass politics in particular. The structural changes in the public sphere of modern polities made the mobilisation of the masses the prime resource of power. In this process intellectual elites have a significant role to play by inheriting the role of the priestly classes of pre-modern times. They also inherited an ambivalent role vis-a-vis the ruling elites and a relationship of mutual dependency. Ruling elites are in need of legitimacy and depend on intellectual elites to supply the necessary ideological tools. Intellectual elites, on the other hand depend on ruling elites for the means of their subsistance. This complex relationship is the subject of the third part of the book.

Introduction PART ONE: 'EUROPE' AND 'THE MUSLIM WORLD' / A BRIEF HISTORY OF RECIPROCAL PERCEPTIONS Late Antiquity to the Beginnings of the Modern Era Encounters in the late Roman World Islam in Western Europe: Al-Andalus Encounter in the Levant: the Crusades At the gates of Vienna: the Ottomans in Europe The Reformation: Ushering in the Modern Era PART TWO: THE GLOBAL CONDITION: MODERNITY AND ITS CRITICS Culture and Identity in Modern Politics The World Polity Approach Institution Decoupling Actor and Action Rationality and Rationalisation Religion and the 'Religious' Progress and Teleology Principal and Agent Scientific Rationality The Modern Self The Liberal System Globalised The World Polity Diffusion The Statelessness of the World Polity Inclusion and Exclusion Identity Language Culture Politics Inclusive versus Identity Politics Identity Politics in Europe Identity Politics in India Freedom to Non-Development Development as Freedom Identity Politics and the Ramjanmabhumi Movement PART THREE: INTELLECTUAL ELITES AND NORMATIVE ORDERS IN INDIA, ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND TURKEY Introduction: Survey and Interviews Ashok Acharya Imtiaz Ahmad Anwar Alam Rajeev Bhargava Asoke Bhattacharya Anil Bhatti Roma Chatterji Asghar Ali Engineer Anjan Ghosh Qutub Jehan Kidwai and Shirin Huda Gurpreet Mahajan Shail Mayaram Deepak Mehta Salil Misra Ashis Nandy Aditya Nigam Devdutt Pattanaik Druv Raina Ruby Sain Zeenat Shaukat Ali Virginius Xaxa

Identity Politics in India and Europe examines present perceptions of East and West seen through the eyes of eminent scholars from India. It is a very important book on this subject, especially because it analyses both worlds, East and West, and it tries to offer not only a comparison between what identity politics means for each, but also extends the analysis to different areas, from culture to language, as ways for a better understanding of identity and differences and hellip;.Very well structured, in three distinct but inter-correlated and cursive parts, Michael Dusche and rsquo;s book should be of great interest to the world of social science scholars, especially those with specific interest in the history of ideas, modernity, transnational history, politics and cultural relations. International Journal of Humanistic Ideology Though many post-colonial writers are charged with inaccessibility, Dusche and rsquo;s important theoretical work, which falls within post-colonial studies, is easy to approach and anything but intimidating and hellip;. efforts to extrapolate the cultural perceptions to find identity politics behind history is a notable enrichment of the vast literature on the topic. The question of how different cultures have a mutual existence remains the central focus of the book. Dawn One of the attractions of 'Identity Politics in India and Europe' is the researcher's analysis of the manner in which Arab and Christian civilizations have interacted over the centuries and the impact this process has had on inter-racial ties and identity-formation on both sides of the one-time 'civilization divide' in the West and hellip;The reader's curiosity is satisfied about numerous other contentious issues at the heart of modern world politics, such as, the role of religion and ethnicity in the current confrontation between the West and forces of religious fundamentalism. Needless to say, the book's arrival is most timely. The Island
Michael Dusche holds a PhD in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of Frankfurt am Main. His thesis is published as Der Philosoph als Mediator (The Philosopher as a Mediator) (Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2000). From 2000 to 2005, Dusche held the position of a senior assistant professor and DAAD lecturer at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 2005 to 2009 he held research positions at the University of Erfurt, Germany and F.H. Jena, Germany. Since June 2009, he has been a fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.