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Race and Racism

1. Franco-Algerian sociologist Albert Memmi defines racism as the “generalized and absolutized evaluation of actual or fictitious differences, to the advantage of the complainant and the disadvantage of his or her victim, with the intent of justifying the privilege or aggression of the former.”1 This in an oft-cited definition, that describes today's widened concept of racism, how it is formulated by intellectuals from the once colon…

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Hergesell, Burkhard, “Race/Racism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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