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.
28 November 2005
What are we to make of a semi-literate teaching assistant exhorting young British Muslims to commit suicide? Mohammad...
14 November 2005
The bearded and elegantly attired supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the fundamentalist Muslim group, like to emphasise...
17 October 2005
It is, by all accounts, the worst disaster in Pakistan's history. Measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, the earthquake...
15 August 2005
Oscar Wilde is seldom cited to argue the Muslim case; it would seem these days that no one presumes ordinary human...
08 August 2005
May Allah forgive the BBC. The particular enormity? A decision to send me, in the BBC's words, "on an epic journey...
The metropolis with seven billion people . Multiculturalism is dead, according to its critics. But the logic of globalisation means an increasing number of people from different cultures living together in future. Ziauddin Sardar wonders if we can ever al
01 August 2005
Multiculturalism has received a serious battering in recent years. Trevor Phillips, the hyperventilating chairman of...
25 July 2005
''What are we going to do?" This is the question Muslims are asking in hastily arranged meetings and conferences...
18 July 2005
At about the time the bombs were going off in Lon-don, bulldozers were demolishing sacred historic sites in Mecca and,...
The holiday snaps. Abu Ghraib wasn't the fault just of US politicians and soldiers. Torture, glamourised by Hollywood, is now intrinsic to American life. By Ziauddin Sardar
07 March 2005
The truth about the torture of detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq is simple. The Bush administration sanctioned it, the...
01 January 2005
Is your sex life normal? The question was raised recently on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Tell us, the show asked its 20...
13 December 2004
I blame the three wise men. These guys from the east came bearing gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh, stuff fit for a...
Written out of history. Many of civilisation's crowning glories originated in the east. Yet you'd be unlikely to learn this from reading western historians. Ziauddin Sardar on the books we ignore
08 November 2004
What constitutes a "great idea"? How do we measure the impact of an idea on history? Or, to adopt the blurb from...
Why do they hate us? The rise of anti-westernism concerns us all - yet most attempts to understand it display exactly the sort of chauvinism that explains why people despise the west. The real challenge is to try to understand other cultures on their own
04 October 2004
Pity the Orientals! The poor sods aren't even allowed to hate the west without being told how to conjure up their...
13 September 2004
The Muslim world is changing. Three years after the atrocity of 9/11, it may be in the early stages of a reformation,...
Lost in translation. Most English-language editions of the Qur'an have contained numerous errors, omissions and distortions. Hardly surprising, writes Ziauddin Sardar, when one of their purposes was to denigrate not just the Holy Book, but the entire Isla
09 August 2004
Translations of the Qur'an have long been a battleground. Ostensibly, the purpose of translating the most sacred text...