This book proposes a New Enlightenment – a new way of looking at the non-Western world. Breaking new ground, the essays chart a course beyond Eurocentric discourses (which completely ignore the contributions of Asia, Africa and Latin-America) and forms of nativism (which are usually ethnocentric discourses).

The volume:

  • Focuses on the historical aspects of knowledge-production and its colonization;
  • Examines the genre of multilinear histories that displaces hegemonic Eurocentric discourses;
  • Enlarges the scope of multilinear historicism whereby Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas are drawn in a new humanistic knowledge system;
  • Studies how colonization is resisted in both the non-Western and Western world.

Lucid and engaging, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of social theory, education, politics and public policy.

chapter |27 pages


On the New Enlightenment
ByMurzban Jal

part I|55 pages

Reflections on history

chapter 1|22 pages

Beyond unilinear evolutionism

Rethinking Marx’s relevance for the non-Western world
ByPeter Hudis

chapter 2|8 pages

Marx at the margins1

Exiting Eurocentrism, entering global revolution
ByKevin B. Anderson

chapter 3|23 pages

Marxism and Islam

ByZaheer Ali

part II|68 pages

Decolonizing education

chapter 4|29 pages

Humanism and science

ByMurzban Jal

chapter 5|9 pages

Education, utopia and ideology

ByBhuvan Chandel

chapter 6|14 pages

Education and national development

ByD.P. Chattopadhyaya

part III|48 pages

Inequality and the logic of exclusion

chapter 8|11 pages

Social inclusion and exclusion

The Sinti and Roma minority in the European Union
ByHorst Friedrich Rolly

chapter 9|12 pages

Democracy in Indian classrooms

Equalizing educational opportunities
ByJyoti Bawane

chapter 10|23 pages

Reimagining reservation

ByAnupama Souri Das

part IV|39 pages

Philosophy, culture and politics

chapter 11|13 pages


A philosophical play in three acts
ByDaniel Raveh

chapter 12|12 pages

Democracy and the paranoiac strategy of pseudo-threats

Knowledge, law and violence in light of Walter Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’
ByDorian Miller

chapter 13|12 pages

Education and the formation of the multitude

ByMuzaffar Ali