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Masterclass | Ziauddin Sardar: Islam, Knowledge and Culture in Postnormal Times

Friday 8 June 2018
Register via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

In this masterclass, participants get the opportunity to engage in-depth with Ziauddin Sardar and his work. 

Masterclass themes

Participants are asked to read two articles and a selection from a Sardar reader: 

  • Freeze Framing Muslims - Hollywood and the Slideshow of Western Imagination delves into Western images of Islam, from the 8th century all the way to our current day, in which Hollywood representations of Muslims rarely break convention. Central to the text is the process of freeze framing, which "operates on a number of levels to construct a set of disjointed contexts in which Muslims and Islam become known quantities, familiar sets of ideas and images". 
  •  In Welcome to Postnormal Times, Sardar lays out the times we live in and how we might move forward. Complexity, chaos and contradictions ('the three c's') abound, and as a result, "the space, time and willingness to engage in coherent debate has become scarcer". The response to this state of affairs, says Zardar, must be founded upon "age-old virtues" and "creativity and imagination". 
  • How Do You Know? is the Ziauddin Sardar reader on Islam, Science, and Cultural Relations. In its chapters, he explores the idea of knowledge and historiography within the Muslim faith, 'Islamic science,' multiculturalism, 'transmodernity' and much more. Participants may read the chapters of their choosing. 

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’anand 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 Ziauddin Sardar's masterclass, please register via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl. There is a limited number of seats available, so don't wait too long! 

One you have registered, you will receive the required readings via email. 

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 this masterclass on the theme of Islam, Knowledge and Culture in Postnormal Times. 

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