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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Asia
23 April 2007
A few weeks ago, I had a close encounter with a jihadi suicide bomber. That got me thinking. We know that jihadis are...
Politics
16 April 2007
In case you have not noticed, we are at war! And it is a global, cosmic, open-ended, potentially eternal war. This war...
Film
02 April 2007
When I lived in Saudi Arabia in the Seventies, I saw a lot of Egyptian films. Saudi television showed little else. I...
Religion
19 March 2007
The world seems to be drowning in dogmatism. Wherever I look, whatever I read, I find little except belief based on...
Business
05 March 2007
Congratulations to Abid Mufti, Amin Tejani and Arif Patel. These three businessmen are among the most powerful Muslims...
Business
19 February 2007
Are you ready to upgrade your computer with the new Microsoft operating system? Vista is everything its predecessors...
World Affairs
05 February 2007
In all the space and time devoted to Celebrity Big Brother, a fundamental question has been overlooked. It was asked by...
UK Politics
22 January 2007
Do you know your Sunnis from your Shias? The distinction between these two varieties of Muslims has become increasingly...
Books
22 January 2007
Let's face it, the world is in a total mess. Global warming is irrevocably changing our atmosphere. We drive petrol-...
Lifestyle
08 January 2007
In January our minds are turned to the future. What will the year bring? Many of us make resolutions that we will never...
Books
11 December 2006
The names of the most famous contemporary writers have become international brands. When they speak, the world listens...
Religion
27 November 2006
What is the difference between an extremist Muslim inciting racial hatred and a member of the BNP racially abusing...
World Affairs
13 November 2006
My friend Vinay Lal is a formidable intellect. An old-fashioned polymath, he teaches South Asian history at the...
International Politics
06 November 2006
President Pervez Musharraf, the last action hero who moonlights as the military dictator of Pakistan, dedicates his...
Ideas
30 October 2006
Last month my youngest son left home to begin undergraduate life. Wafted, or should that be rafted, out of the house on...

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