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The Challenge of PluralismParadigms from Muslim Contexts$
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Abdou Filali-Ansary and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639694

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639694.001.0001

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The Diversity of Cultures in the Crucible of Globalisation

The Diversity of Cultures in the Crucible of Globalisation

(p.94) Chapter 7 The Diversity of Cultures in the Crucible of Globalisation
The Challenge of Pluralism

Filali-Ansary Abdou

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of diversity of cultures due to globalization. It discusses how cultures affect each other in interactions that are always political. Cultural features are almost never neutral. They always carry the weight of the perceived political context. The sense of power, of domination and subjugation, of superior forms to be adopted or inferior patterns to be rejected, is often under the surface. These dynamic relations may not always be obvious, but they are likely to be sensed sometimes in an inchoate manner by the people involved. Symbolic forms of power and prestige, of honour and respect, remain critical in the interaction of cultures. The philosophies behind the politics of hegemony have engaged serious thinkers in all civilizations, from the ancient to the modern. The acceptance of diversity, and the just management of interrelations, is often a highly controversial matter that has led and still leads to tragedies. It can be a very different experience in the West as compared to the East. In this chapter issues of culture and diffusion, cross-influence of cultures, the politics of cultural control, and the Ottoman ethnicity are discussed and examined.

Keywords:   globalization, hegemony, diversity, culture, cultural control, Ottoman ethnicity

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