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Author Archives: Amna Raza Abbasi

Decentered Europe: Muslims in Europe

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The European identity is generally perceived on the notion that it is a pure race. But we are reminded that even Europa –according to the Greek myth –was a Phoenician-Asian woman. Furthermore, the Europeans attach their lineage to the Greece and Greek Philosophers of 400 BC. But those Greeks never considered themselves Europeans and distinguished […]

Decentering: Rupture at the heart of Europe

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Center – Security Derrida emphasized that the main ‘structurality of structure’ is shadowed by giving it a perfect center, and it has been deemed mandatory that everything work along that center. The center enables a closed totality, and it will be unimaginable if anyone brings out a notion of a structure without a center. A […]

Europe’s Political Identity and Muslim Other

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Self & Identity Derrida asserted that “the identity of language can only affirm itself as identity to itself by opening itself to the hospitality of a difference from itself or of a difference with itself. Condition of the self, such a difference from and with itself would then be its very thing, the pragma of […]

Derrida’s Other: Difference of Europe

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‘Other’ is an important concept in Derrida’s metaphysics which makes him unique from other philosophers. Mustapha Chérif, an Algerian former diplomat who shared only the love for Algeria with Jacques Derrida, talked highly of Jacques Derrida. He propagated that Derrida is the only scholar who has assimilated the others, other than secular West or Christian […]

Derrida, Democracy and Islam

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“Islam or a certain kind of Islam,” might show resistance to the idea of democracy. While surveying the texts of Islamic political thought specifically of thinkers like Al Farabi and Ibn Ruchd, Derrida found a certain pattern. He saw that although these two thinkers incorporated the Greek philosophy of Philosopher King from Plato’s Republic and […]

Derrida’s Democracy to Come  

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In the backdrop of fall of Berlin wall, Francis Fukuyama foresaw the culmination of history in the heart of Europe. He averred that the times have reached their epitome and that was the end of man’s ideological evolution. Giving his view on the development of different states around the world he said that there would […]

Hey Feminists! Derrida wasn’t one, (especially about Europe)

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The tenets of Derrida’s deconstruction has been considered as a viable ground for feminism by majority writers like Nancy Holland, Gayatri Spivak etc. but there has been not so feminist instances in Derrida and one is the case when he talks about Europe. The binaries created in Western Metaphysics like male/female, present/absent, self/other also has […]

The Idea of Europe has failed!

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Europe has been engulfed politically and intellectually with one question –has the idea of Europe failed? One unified Idea of Europe was a consolation post WWII world and an achievement of “democratic world” post the fall of Berlin wall. But is it so… the Brexit conundrum shows there are more countries to follow Britain  in […]

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