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Political Church, Procedural Europe, and the Creation of the Islamic Other

Political Church, Procedural Europe, and the Creation of the Islamic Other <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Taking the cue from the controversial speech of Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in 2006, this paper explores the connection between the apparently divergent positions 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 European 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Europe Brill

Political Church, Procedural Europe, and the Creation of the Islamic Other

Journal of Religion in Europe , Volume 1 (3): 273 – Jan 1, 2008

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Brill
Copyright
© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1874-8910
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1874-8929
DOI
10.1163/187489208X336542
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Taking the cue from the controversial speech of Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in 2006, this paper explores the connection between the apparently divergent positions 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 European 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Journal of Religion in EuropeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: INTEGRATION; POPE BENEDICT XVI; PROCEDURALISM; EUROPE; MEMORY; ISLAM; CATHOLICISM; IDENTITY; SECULARISM

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