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Identity Politics in India and Europe

Identity Politics in India and Europe

First Edition
  • Michael Dusche - Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India

January 2010 | 392 pages | SAGE India
This book highlights the present perceptions of the East and the West as seen through the eyes of eminent scholars from India, and in doing so, theorises on identity politics.

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.

The interviews are set in the historical context of the 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 will be of great interest to the world of social science academia, especially those with specific interest in the history of transnational politics.
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
Culture and Identity in Modern Politics
The World Polity Approach
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
The Statelessness of the World Polity
Inclusion and Exclusion
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
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 & 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
Appendix: Binary Oppositions in Counter-hegemonic Discourse

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….Very well structured, in three distinct but inter-correlated and cursive parts, Michael Dusche’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’s important theoretical work, which falls within post-colonial studies, is easy to approach and anything but intimidating…. [His] 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.


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…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.

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