Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey


Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program. His specialty is in contemporary issues surrounding identifications in India, which he addresses in his book Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh (Palgrave 2008), where he analyzes specifically the practices and contested definitions of communities identified as Sindhi Hindus. He has extended this analysis to reflect on issues in the academic and public discourse surrounding the category religion and issues of identifications in the United States and other contexts.


This chapter introduces the general issues surrounding the fabrication of difference through a selective emphasis on particular differences and similarities, such as the difference between Muslim and non-Muslim, terrorism and legitimate violence, scholarship and public discourse, among other notions of difference that ignore other differences and similarities. This essay also briefly reviews the events that the two main essays in the volume (by Fernando and Hughes) highlight, specifically the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the general rise of ISIS in 2015. This essay also introduces the plan of the volume and the various responses to those two central essays.

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Ramey, Steven. Introduction. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-12 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30315. Date accessed: 05 Oct 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30315. Jul 2017

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