Journal of Religion in Europe 1 (2008) 273–301 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/187489208X336542 www.brill.nl/jre Journal of Religion in Europe Political Church, Procedural Europe, and the Creation of the Islamic Other Luca Mavelli Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3FE, Wales, United Kingdom firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract 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. Th e argument is advanced that the proceduralism of the European secu- lar 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 ‘diﬀ erence’ represented by Islam. Keywords Europe, Islam, Pope Benedict XVI, Catholicism, proceduralism, identity, secularism, memory, integration A public sphere formally devoid of all nonsecular sources of moral and ethical judgement is quite defenceless against substantive ethical claims; it has only proceduralism to fall back on, and
Journal of Religion in Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: INTEGRATION; POPE BENEDICT XVI; PROCEDURALISM; EUROPE; MEMORY; ISLAM; CATHOLICISM; IDENTITY; SECULARISM
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