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

Political Church, Procedural Europe, and the Creation of the Islamic Other 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 lum03@aber.ac.uk 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 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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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1874-8910
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10.1163/187489208X336542
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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 lum03@aber.ac.uk 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

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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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