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The Future of Arab Spring in Postnormal Times

Ziauddin Sardar

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 30 (4) 125-136 Fall

To understand how the Arab Spring may evolve over the coming years, we have to understand its specific context. The ‘revolutions’ across the Middle East are not just a product of discontent and fury against dictatorships; after all, the Arabs have been raging against their rulers for well over half a century. The Arab Spring is also a creation of a particular period of time, a time where globalisation, interconnection and instant communication are the norm, and authority and political legitimacy are in flux. It is a period … Read More

Muhammad: All That Matters

Hodder, London, 2012

‘Muhammad The Prophet’ has had a huge influence on the course of world history. Indeed, Muhammad is always seen, described and analysed as Prophet of Islam. Until now, he has never been looked at as a man – as an individual motivated by a sense of justice and equality and a passion to help the marginalised, engaged in a struggle to establish the good society against all odds.

Ziauddin Sardar’s important new book incorporates new research, particularly on pre-Islamic Mexxa, to form a new critical biography which uniquely includes analysis of early events in Muhammad’s life which … Read More

CM2: The Idea of Islam

March, 2012

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

Critical Muslim 2Ziauddin Sardar argues why Islamic reform is necessary, Bruce Lawrence sees Muslim cosmopolitanism as the future, Parvez Manzoor declares jihad on the idea of ‘the political’, Samia Rahman gets to the root of Muslim misogyny, Michael Muhammad Knight explains his taqwacore beliefs, Soha al-Jurf has problems with orthodoxy, Carool Kersten suggests that critical thinkers and reformers are often seen as heretics, and Ben Gidley on what keeps Muslims … Read More

CM1: Arabs are Alive

January, 2012

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

Critical MuslimZiauddin Sardar tries to grasp the significance of the ‘Arab Spring’, Robin-Yassin Kassab spends some quality time in Tahrir Square, Ashur Shamis dodges the bullets of of Gaddafi’s henchmen, Abdelwahab El-Affendi traces the roots of the uprisings, Anne Alexander tunes into the digital revolution, Fadia Faqir joins women protestors, Shadia Safwan asks how long could Asad last, Jamal Mahjoub contemplates futures of the Sudan, Jasmin Ramsey joins the … Read More

Muslims in Britain: Making Social and Political Space

Ziauddin Sardar, co-editor with Waqar Ahmad, Routledge, London, 2012

The management of social, religious and ethnic diversity is a key social policy concern in Britain, and Muslims in particular have become a focus of attention in recent years. This timely and topical volume examines the position of Muslims in Britain and how they are changing and making social, political and religious space.

With contributions from world renowned scholars on British Muslims and from policy makers writing on issues of concern to Muslims and others alike, the book explores how British Muslims are changing social and religious spaces such as mosques … Read More

Hajj, Journey to the Heart of Islam

‘Hajj after 1950’ in Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, edited by Venetia Porter, The British Museum Press, London, 2011

Hajj‘Proclaim the pilgrimage to all people. They will come on foot and on the backs of swift camels from distant corners of the earth.’ – Qur’an, surat al-Hajj vs 27-30.

It is a sacred duty for Muslims, wherever they may reside, to go at least once in their lives to Mecca, the heartland of Islam where the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation in the early 7th century.

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