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In Islamic context, but perhaps in any context, his achievement is startling in its range, boldness, scepticism and, above all, sheer quantity – New Statesman
Ziauddin Sardar opens a door to places many of us would not otherwise see – The Guardian
Ziauddin Sardar, scholar, writer, broadcaster, futurist, cultural critic and public intellectual, has been described as ‘Britain’s own Muslim polymath’- The Independent
We must search for the answers to the questions he asks if we are to challenge and change the status quo – Socialist Future
Born in Dipalpur, Pakistan.
Moves with parents to Hackney, East London.
Publishes Zenith, ‘a monthly magazine by and for the Muslim youth in Britain’.
Elected as General Secretary of FOSIS – the Federation of Students Islamic Societies.
Reads physics and information science at the City University, London.
Works to establish ‘the Muslim Institute for Research and Planning’ in London. Joins the Hajj Research Centre, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah; and performs the Hajj.
Performs the Hajj, walking from Jeddah to Mecca with a donkey.
Publishes ‘Science Policy and Developing Countries’ in the seminal work Science, Technology and Society: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective, edited by I Speigel-Rosing and D de Solla Prince (Sage, London and Beverley Hills); followed by first book, Science, Technology and Development in the Muslim World.
Becomes the Muslim World correspondent for Nature.
Publishes The Future of Muslim Civilization, first scholarly attempt to examine potential futures of Islamic societies; and Islam: Outline of a Classification Scheme, the only contemporary classification for works on Islam and Muslim issues.
Moves to New Scientist as Middle East Science Consultant.
Commissioned by International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Studies (IFIAS), Stockholm, to organise a series of seminars on ‘Knowledge and Values’ in Stockholm and Granada; the project leads to the publication of The Touch of Midas: Science, Values and Environment in Islam and the West.
Joins London Weekend Television to work as Reporter/Presenter for Channel 4’s ‘Eastern Eye’.
Establishes, and becomes the coordinator, of a group of Muslim intellectuals who describe themselves as ‘the Ijmalis’ (those who value Beauty).
Launches and edits monthly Inquiry international, ‘magazine of events and ideas’.
Presents ‘Encounters with Islam’, a series of four half-hour shows for BBC1; and establishes the Centre for Policy and Future Studies, East-West University, Chicago.
Becomes Special Advisor to Datu Sri Anwar Ibrahim, Minister of Education and later Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Co-organises the conference, ‘Science in Crisis’ in Pengang, Malaysia; and publishes the book based on the conference, The Revenge of Athena: Science, Exploitation and the Third World.
Publishes Distorted Imagination: Lessons from the Rushdie Affair, in collaboration with Merryl Wyn Davies.
Starts to write regularly for the Independent and occasionally for The Times.
Joins Faculty of Technology, Middlesex University, as Visiting Professor of Science Policy; publishes the ground-breaking paper, ‘Colonising the Future: The “Other” Dimension of Future Studies'.
Publishes Muhammad for Beginners, first of seven Beginners books, later renames as Introducing.
Publishes Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come, the acclaimed second volume exploring the future of Islam; present ‘Islamic Conversation’, a series of six interview programmes for Channel 4.
Publishes Cyberfutures: Politics and Economy on the Information Superhighway, with Jerry Ravetz, first book of a long collaboration; gives the First Sadad Hassan Manto Lecture at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi: ‘Sex, Lies and all the I’s in India’
Organises the International Islamic Conference, ‘Dawa and Development of the Muslim World: The Future Perspective’ in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; publishes the first fulsome attack on postmodernism with Postmodernism and the Other: The New Imperialism of Western Culture; and commissioned to write regular essays for The Herald, Glasgow.
Presents ‘Faces of Islam’, a 12 half-hour programmes subtitled ‘Conversations of Contemporary Issues’; and publishes Chaos for Beginners, the international best seller.
Becomes Editor of Futures, the monthly journal of policy, planning and futures studies.
Joins New Statesman as a Special Correspondent and Columnist.
Becomes Co-Editor of Third Text, the bi-monthly critical journal of visual art and culture.
Publishes the international bestseller, Why Do People Hate America? in collaboration with Merryl Wyn Davies.
Appointed Professor of Postcolonial Studies, School of Art Policy and Management, the City University, London.
Publishes the first volume of autobiography, the highly regarded Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim.
Gives the 70th Anniversary Lecture at the British Council, ‘Beyond Difference: Cultural Relations in a New Century’, which introduces the notion of Mutually Assured Diversity (MAD).
Writes and Presents, ‘Battle for Islam’, a 90-minute documentary for BBC2.
Become a regular member of the ‘Friday Panel’ for the ‘World News Tonight’, Sky News.
Appointed as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, UK.
Commissioned to Blog the Qur’an for the Guardian; writes and present ‘Between the Mullahs and the Military’ for Channel 4’s Dispatches.
Publishes the second volume of autobiography, Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain.
Appointed Member, Interim National Security Forum, Cabinet Office. Relaunches the Muslim Institute, London.
Publishes the seminal paper, ‘Welcome to Postnormal Times’; appointed Professor of Law and Society, Middlesex University
Publishes Reading the Qur’an; and writes ‘Life of Mohammad’, a series of three one-hour documentaries for BBC2.
Publishes and edited the quarterly Critical Muslim; collaborates with the British Museum on the Exhibition, ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’; and establishes the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies.
Works on ‘reforming higher education’ project for IIIT; writes the key paper on moving forward, ‘From Islamization to Integration of Knowledge’, and organises the first Postnormal Times Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art Antwerp
Edits The Postnormal Times Reader and publishes a collection of autobiographical essays, A Person of Pakistani Origins, which appears in India under the title Ways of Being Desi.
Continues to organise and lead a series of workshops on Islam and Futures Literacy, which began in 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul and Sarajevo, leading to the publication of Muslim Futures in Postnormal Times: Foresights for Trends, Emerging Issues and Scenarios (with Jordi Serra and Scott Jordan)
Spends the Covid-19 pandemic amongst the plants in his garden, mourning the deaths, in quick succession, of his beloved mother, and life-long intellectual companion, Merryl Wyn Davies; and reflecting on the changing nature of Knowledge and ignorance
Edits and publishes, Emerging Epistemologies: The Changing Fabric of Knowledge in Postnormal Times