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

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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.

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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

Ziauddin Sardar is Visiting Professor of Science Policy at Middlesex University and consulting editor of the prestigious journal Futures. He is a prolific writer and is the author of Cultural Studies for Beginners, Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism and editor, with Jerome Ravetz, of Cyberfutures: Culture and Politics on the Information Superhighway.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the ambiguous intellectual 1
1 Jihad for peace 15
2 Re-reading the life of Muhammad 21
3 Faith and the written word 32
4 Rescuing Islam's universities 43
5 What do we mean by Islamic futures? 55
6 Guardians of the planet : Muslims and the environment 91
7 Muslims and philosophy of science 108
8 Dewey departs : ideas on classifying knowledge 114
9 Arguments for an Islamic science 121
10 Islamic science : the way ahead 161
11 Science wars : a postcolonial reading 193
12 Coming home : sex, lies and all the 'I's in India 217
13 The A, B, C, D (and E) of Ashis Nandy 242
14 God bless America! 264
15 Managing diversity : identity and rights in multicultural Europe 270
16 Beyond difference : cultural relations in a new century 288
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