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Turkey and the European Union: Christian and Secular Images of Islam
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A critical examination of the origins of today’s anti-Islamic rhetoric in Europe, this book focuses specifically on representations of Turkey. Applying a novel theoretical framework that understands collective identities as dramaturgical achievements, it shows that stereotypes of Turks continue to provide an important “Other” against which a supposed European “Self” is contrasted. The book identifies two competing meta-narratives that have long vied for the right to define Christendom and later Europe, and argues that the struggle over these narratives--one tragic, the other comic--have come to a head in Turkey’s current bid for EU membership.

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NY: Palgrave Macmillan , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Turkey, Europe, European Union, Christianity, Islam, Other, Collective identity, International relations, Voltaire, Enlightenment, Luther, Martin Luther, Reformation, European Parliament debates, Islamophobia, Saracens
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
History of Ideas; Political Science; History of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62317ISBN: 978-0-230-10461-7OAI: diva2:441092
Author alias Pål Levin.Available from: 2011-09-14 Created: 2011-09-14 Last updated: 2012-07-13Bibliographically approved

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