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Islam in the New European Imaginary and The Discourse of Cultural Difference

How has the presence of Muslim Europeans, especially after September 11 exacerbated the deep-seated Orientalist anxieties in Europe?

This Orientalist unease with Islam goes hand in hand with the interest in bringing to fore the so-called distinctive European characteristics and thereby distinguishing the Europeanness of Europe. I trace how orientalism refigures in the discourse of European cultural identity by way of the expulsion of Islam from what is deemed to be the proper identity of Europe. I examine the role of the discourse of “cultural difference” in this exclusion, which is in fact a secularized version of a religious discourse that now is fundamental in the refashioning of European identity.


Professor Meyda Yegenoglu | talks | www


Date and Time:

21 February 2008 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
020 3073 8363

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