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

Mavelli, Luca (2008) Political Church, Procedural Europe and the Creation of the Islamic Other. Journal of Religion in Europe, 1 (3). pp. 273-301. ISSN 1874-8910. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1163/187489208X336542) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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 criti-cal valorisation of Europe’s emotional attachments may not actually strengthen its capacity to embrace the ‘difference’ represented by Islam.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Europe, Islam, Pope Benedict XVI, Catholicism, proceduralism, identity, secularism, memory, integration
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Luca Mavelli
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 20:52 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 14:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38542 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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