How Do You Know?: Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations

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Overview

Ziauddin Sardar is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. A broadcaster and cultural commentator, he is the author of over 40 books. His co-authored book Why Do People Hate America? was an international bestseller, and his autobiography, Desperately Seeking Paradise received wide acclaim. Since 9/11 he has been an important Muslim voice in mainstream western media.This book is the perfect introduction to his thinking that brings together some of his key writings in one volume. It provides extracts from many of his most acclaimed books, from his early writing right through to his latest thinking. Organised in clear chapters, the extracts are carefully chosen to explore the themes of Islam, science and cultural relations.Drawn from a wide range of sources, this Zia Sardar reader is an accessible introduction to the thinking of one of the leading cultural theorists of our time."One of the finest intellectuals on the planet." Herald Praise for Why Do People Hate America?"[A] sophisticated and grimly amusing analysis." Houston Chronicle"[A] useful challenge to the common American assumption that foreigners who dislike us are ill-informed, envious or "evil." Baltimore Sun"Packed with tightly argued points." Times Higher Education SupplementPraise for Desperately Seeking Paradise:"Bounds forth with extraordinary energy and lightness, propelled at all stages by a passion for knowledge and inquiry." New Statesman"At once earnest and humorous, light-hearted and profound, this is a book that displays a sustained capacity for self-questioning of a kind that has few parallels in the liberal West." Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745325156
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

John Grumley is a senior lecturer in the School of Philosophy, University of Sydney. He is the author of History and Totality (Routledge, 1989) and many articles in a range of international journals on issues in contemporary critical theory. He is also the editor of Culture and Enlightenment: Essays for Gyorgy Markus (Ashgate, 2002).

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Table of Contents

I Introduction: The diaspora intellectual
Ehsan Masood
II Islam
1 Jihad for peace
2 Re-reading the life of Muhammad
3 Faith and the written word
4 Rescuing Islam's universities
5 What do we mean by Islamic futures?
III Science and knowledge
6 Guardians of the Planet: Muslims and the environment
7 Muslims and philosophy of science
8 Dewey departs: ideas on classifying knowledge
9 Arguments for an Islamic science
10 Islamic science: the way ahead
IV Cultural relations
11 South Asia: fifty years on
12 Coming

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