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Muslim Futures in Postnormal Times: Foresights for Trends, Emerging Issues and Scenarios

Ziauddin Sardar, Jordi Serra, Scott Jordan - International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 2019

Where will Muslim Societies be tomorrow? The world is increasingly and constantly changing, making it hard to keep up. This makes the state much more dire and troublesome for those already marginalised – particularly Muslim societies. Normal is no longer capable of upholding the promise of tomorrow’s certainty. These are postnormal times. In this storm of ignorance and uncertainty, Muslim societies stand to lose the most. But this is not destiny. In the cultivation of a new type of literacy – futures literacy – there resides a hope. Muslim Societies in Postnormal Times offers an alternative where we can ‘rescue’ and decolonise our futures. Through detailed analysis of contemporary trends, exploration of emerging issues, and the development of scenarios, Sardar, Serra, and Jordan pave the way for us to navigate our own preferred futures. The authors pull no punches in critically evaluating the possibilities and nightmares that could potentially befall Muslim societies. This informative and enlightening text will push the reader to see beyond popular, yet naïve notions of present and future. In the exposition of the reader’s ignorance and uncertainty, they will begin to look for the unthought and take agency in recolonising and navigating their preferred tomorrow.