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LUCIS Annual Lecture | Ziauddin Sardar | From Islamisation to the Integration of Knowledge

  • Ziauddin Sardar
Wednesday 6 June 2018
Register via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Klein Auditorium

From dialogue to polylogues

The ‘Islamisation of knowledge’ discourse focussed on ‘Islamising’ social science disciplines – economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and political science – to make them more relevant to Muslim societies. While the discourse had serious limitations, it correctly identified the ideological bias and Eurocentrism of western modes of knowledge production. I would argue that the dominant, western, paradigms of knowledge are not only becoming increasingly archaic but are also undermining progress towards sustainable futures.

We have to broaden our horizons beyond considering knowledge simply in terms of western discourses or seeing ‘Islamisation’ as a panacea. There is an urgent need to transcend the contradictions that are deeply embedded in the contemporary world – such as between Knowledge and Values, Secularism and Religion, Utilitarianism and Usefulness, Quantity and Quality, Relativism and Transcendent Reality, and Efficiency and Moral Excellence. This can be achieved by developing a more integrated, holistic framework with an accent on complexity, interdependence and transdisciplinarity. It is time to move from dialogue to polylogues - discussions between different groups with different perspectives, different modes of thought, and different concerns, hopes and desires. 

About Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster, futurist, cultural critic, public intellectual, and scholar of Islam, is Editor of the quarterly Critical Muslim. Former Professor of Law and Society at Middlesex University, and Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the City University, London, he is the internationally renowned, award winning author of over 50 books, including the international bestseller Why Do People Hate America? and two volumes of highly acclaimed autobiography, Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim and Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain. A collection of his writings is available as Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: A Ziauddin Sardar Reader (2003) and How Do You Know? Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations (2006).  His latest books are Reading the Qur’an and Mecca: The Sacred City. A former columnist on the New statesman and Commissioner on the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, Professor Sardar is Director of Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies.

Care to join?

If you would like to attend the lecture, please register via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Ziauddin Sardar in Leiden

LUCIS is happy to welcome Ziauddin Sardar to Leiden in June 2018. 

On Wedenesday 6 June, he is the speaker at our annual lecture, titled From Islamisation to Integration of Knowledge.
On Thursday 7 June, he will engage with fellow thinkers in a faculty roundtable surrounding the question Is Critical Islam Possible
On Friday 8 June, he will host a masterclass on the theme of Islam, Knowledge and Culture in Postnormal Times

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