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date: 13 November 2019

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This article examines the complex history of relations between Islam, Latinity, and decolonial transmodernity from the time of the Ottoman Sultanate and Spanish Empire to the United States and the European Union. After tracing the constitution and some of the imperial/colonial metamorphoses that have structured coloniality from the sixteenth to the early twenty-first century, it rejects the idea of “empire” from the global north in favor of “coloniality” from the global south. It argues that the history of coloniality is tied to western modernity by looking at current debates on Europe and Eurocentrism and by clarifying the distinction between “postcolonial” and “decolonial.” It also considers a particular form of critique of Eurocentrism known as “dewesternization” and offers examples of the logic of coloniality behind many existing historical narratives. In addition, it reviews some basic principles of how imperial history has been, and still continues to be, written. The article concludes by showing that decolonial and dewesternizing projects are uncoupled (“delinked”) from, rather than dependent on, postmodernity.

Keywords: Islam, Latinity, decolonial transmodernity, coloniality, empire, Europe, Eurocentrism, dewesternization, imperial history, postmodernity

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