In association with Critical Voices
Can art in general, and writing in particular, function as a bridge between religious Muslim communities and secular western Europe? How do we move forward to mutuality without engaging in cultural terrorism, neo-colonialism or retracing the Orientalist stereotypes of history? The way forward, suggests Ziauddin Sardar, is to focus on the idea of transmodernity that takes us above and beyond modernity to an intellectually honest, mutual understanding of each other.
Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster and cultural critic, is considered a pioneering writer on Islam and contemporary cultural issues. He is listed on Prospect Magazine’s ‘Britain’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals’. A Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the School of Arts, the City University, he has been described as ‘Britain’s own Muslim polymath’. He is the author of over 40 books, including his classic studies, The Future of Muslim Civilisation (1979) and Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come (1985), the cultish Postmodernism and the Other (1998), and the international bestseller Why Do People Hate America? (2002). A collection of his writings is available as Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: A Ziauddin Sardar Reader (2003). His intellectual autobiography, Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim and his most recent film for the BBC, ‘Battling for Islam’, have received wide acclaim. He is the editor of Futures, the monthly journal of policy, planning and futures studies, co-editor of Third Text, the critical journal of visual art and culture, and a columnist on the New Statesman. He is widely known for his radio and television appearances.
"There can be few more incisive guides to the intricacies of Islam and its competing factions. This is an enlightened work by a formidable thinker." Independent on Sunday on Desperately Seeking Paradise