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Political church, procedural Europe, and the creation of the Islamic other

Mavelli, L (2008) Political church, procedural Europe, and the creation of the Islamic other Journal of Religion in Europe, 1 (3). 273 - 301. ISSN 1874-8910

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Abstract

Taking the cue from the controversial speech of Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Re-gensburg in 2006, this paper explores the connection between the apparently divergent posi-tions taken by the Catholic Church and the European secular establishment on the question of European identity and Islam. The argument is advanced that the proceduralism of the Europe-an secular establishment contributes to breed its nemesis, a conservative politicised church, but also converges with it in identifying Islam as ‘the Other.’ It is thus asked whether a critical valorisation of Europe’s emotional attachments may not actually strengthen its capacity to embrace the ‘difference’ represented by Islam.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Mavelli L (2008). Political church, procedural Europe, and the creation of the Islamic other. Journal of Religion in Europe 1(3):273-301. Available online at: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/10.1163/187489208x336542
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 16:37
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/235571

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