Ziauddin Sardar, writer and broadcaster, describes himself as a ‘critical polymath’. He is the author of over 40 books, including the highly acclaimed ‘Desperately Seeking Paradise’. He is Visiting Professor, School of Arts, the City University, London and editor of ‘Futures’, the monthly journal of planning, policy and futures studies.

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Politics
19 April 1999
Once again, we Muslims find ourselves between the Devil and the deep blue sea. We are glad that something is being done...
Food and Drink
09 April 1999
I am all for thinking, but don't care much for tanks. When thinking is trapped inside ideological armour, it ceases to...
02 April 1999
Just before leaving office in 1961, President Eisenhower gave an astonishing warning to America. The "military-...
Politics
26 March 1999
Making verbal love to a donkey is not easy. Asses are stubborn beasts and don't particularly care for your coaxing. I...
Ideas
19 March 1999
The world is awash with predictions. Images of the future are being hurled at us from every direction. We are...
Politics
05 March 1999
I grew up in Hackney throwing stones at the police. I went to the second-worst school in Britain (the worst, Hackney...
26 February 1999
The GM controversy has divided society into two warring blocs. All those who see genetically modified food as a scary...
Politics
12 February 1999
Flicking through an issue of New Statesman a couple of weeks ago, I came across a rather odd advertisement. A stark,...
Culture
05 February 1999
Once upon a time, if you were sick, you were really sick. You had a collection of recognisable symptoms. These defined...
Culture
29 January 1999
In Islam, the idea of beauty is firmly tied to the practice of praise, or invocation of God. Nature in all its glorious...
Politics
08 January 1999
The television advertisement for the "Millennium Experience" invites us to imagine the past thousand years as a single...
08 January 1999
My Concise Oxford Dictionary defines "facts" as "truth" and "reality", as a "thing that has known to have occurred, to...
Politics
18 December 1998
Christmas, the season of goodwill, is also the season of tyranny. It is the season when little children blackmail their...
18 December 1998
The Hubble telescope, anchored 350 miles above the earth, boldly goes where no man has gone before - straight to the...
27 November 1998
In the days of old, propagandists for science would make a mantra of Hume's principle that there is no relation between...

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