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THE RELIGIOUS CLASH BETWEEN ISLAM AND CATHOLICISM IN THE WORK OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

The point of the text is to outline one of the main topics in the work of the French writer Michel Houellebecq the conflict between two worlds and two religions: East (in the face of Islam) and West (represented through Catholicism and the European decadence from the late XIX and early XX century). The arguments according to which Houellebecq interprets the Islam and the Catholicism are displayed and analysed. His literature work is inscribed in the current intercultural issues and debates on the civilisation clash between two more and more different in their basis cultures - the European and the Islamic one.
The thesis of Houellebecq about the incapability of the Islam to get incorporated into the civilizational cultural and religious model of Western Europe is defended in accordance with the line of his thought in the novels The Possibility of an Island, Submission, Platform, and Elementary particles.
Key words: Catholicism, Islam, European decadence, French literature, Crisis

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