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Todorov, Tzvetan, 1939-
Peur des barbares. English
The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations / Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  CB251 .T59 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) East and West
Civilization -- Philosophy
Islam and politics
Subject Islamic countries -- Relations -- Europe
Europe -- Relations -- Islamic countries
Subject(s) Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Group identity -- Europe
World politics -- 1989-
Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
Physical Description 233 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-220) and index
Originally published in French by Editions Robert Laffont, 2008--t.p. verso
Contents Introduction: Between fear and resentment -- Barbarism and civilization -- Collective identities -- The war of the worlds -- Steering between the reefs -- European identity -- Conclusion: Beyond manicheism -- Afterword, 2010
Review "The relationship between Western democracies and Islam, rarely entirely comfortable, has in recent years become increasingly tense. Growing immigration and worries about cultural and political assimilation͠exacerbated by the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath͠have provoked reams of commentary from all parts of the political spectrum a frustrating majority of it hyperbolic or even hysterical" "In The Fear of Barbarians, the celebrated intellectual Tzvetan Todorov offers a corrective: a reasoned and often highly personal analysis of the problem, rooted in Enlightenment values yet open to the claims of cultural difference. Drawing on history, anthropology, and politics, and bringing to bear examples ranging from the murder of Theo van Gogh to the French ban on headscarves in schools, Todorov argues that the West must overcome its fear of Islam if it is to avoid betraying the values it claims to protect. True freedom, Todorov explains, requires us to strike a delicate balance, between protecting and imposing cultural values, acknowledging the primacy of the law, yet strenuously protecting minority views that do not interfere with its aims. Adding force to Todorov's arguments is his own experience as a native of communist Bulgaria. His admiration of French civic identity͠and Western freedom͠is vigorous but non-nativist, an inclusive vision whose very flexibility is its core strength." "The record of a penetrating mind grappling with a complicated, multifaceted problem, The Fear of Barbarians is a powerful, important book͠a call, not to arms, but to thought." "Andrew Brown has translated numerous books from French, including Tzvetan Todorov's The New World Disorder."--BOOK JACKET

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