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In the Name of Identity

Violence and the Need to Belong

By Amin Maalouf
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In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong by Amin Maalouf

In the Name of Identity (1998) explores the fallacies surrounding the idea of identity. The author uncovers the link between oversimplified, one-dimensional understandings of identity to violent cultural and sociopolitical clashes in the past and present, while arguing that identity and a global community of humankind are both compatible and desirable.

  • Adolescents who feel their identity is not easily categorizable
  • People who feel anxious about the homogenization of culture
  • Any individual who wants to better understand the modern clash of civilizations

Amin Maalouf is a French-Lebanese novelist who has written seven books, including The Gardens of Light, Leo Africanus and The Rock of Tanios, which was awarded the the Goncourt Prize. He was the director of An-Nahar, the leading newspaper in Beirut, and lives in Paris.

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