By Michael Dusche

Identification Politics in India and Europe combines qualitative equipment (20 interviews) with historic and philosophical research. the 1st a part of the booklet discusses the historical past of perceptions among the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim global, ranging from the seventh century onwards. the second one half is dedicated to a dialogue at the emergence of modernity and the way it replaced the id politics of prior occasions. The 3rd half explores the function that highbrow elites need to play. It contains interviews of eminent students and thinkers in India equivalent to Imtiaz Ahmad and Ashis Nandy. those make for an insightful learn, particularly as refined ideological alterations floor of their responses to a collection of universal questions.

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Thus, they would in turn project the barbarian image onto the representatives of the emerging Latinate civilisation whom they would encounter in the form of crusaders and reconquistadores. But more important than the claim to a higher form of civilisation (urbanism, law, morality and cultural refinement) was that to true religion. True religion could be claimed by the sophisticated urban dweller as well as by the tribesman on the fringes of the emerging Arabicate civilisation. The difference was marked by the non-believer, not by the non-civilised.

22. Corruption of Ibn Ghalbun, a Muslim governor of a Frontier Province in Medieval Spain. 23. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (1040–1099), nicknamed ‘El Cid Campeador’ from Arabic al-Sayyid, ‘sir’ or ‘lord’. 24. R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon, trans. and eds, The Lay of the Cid (Project Gutenberg). htm (accessed 30 August 2008) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1919). 25. Wheatcroft, Infidels, 136. Islam in Western Europe: Al-Andalus 35 26. The reciprocal attempts between Karl May’s characters Hadschi Halef Omar and Kara ben Nemsi to convert each other to Islam or Christianity, respectively, remained unsuccessful, whereas the last words of the dying Apache Winnetou read: ‘Schar-Iih, I believe in the Saviour.

Ibid. 32. , 153. 33. , 154. 34. , 154f. (emphasis in the original). 35. , 153. 36. , 151. 37. Anwar G. Chejne, Islam and the West, the Moriscos (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983), 13. 38. Hagemann, Christentum contra Islam, 28. 39. Wheatcroft, Infidels, 157f. In the Renaissance courts of Europe, there was a frenetic and uncontrolled dance that came to be called the Moresque or ‘Moorish’ dance. htm [accessed 28 August 2008]). Encounter in the Levant: The Crusades THE CHRISTIAN CONCEPTION OF HOLY WAR had its origin in Augustine’s interpretation of Luke 14:23 ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled’ (my emphasis), which was taken to justify ‘robust missionary practices’1 among the pagan Germanic and Slavonic tribes.

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