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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Ideas
06 November 2000
Hell is other people, said Jean-Paul Sartre. He could have added that there is no escape from other people determined...
30 October 2000
Having failed to be recognised for my polymathic genius, I have decided to take a more shameful route to fame. I am...
Politics
23 October 2000
Brace yourself for a public uproar when the Phillips report into the BSE scandal is published in a few days. An...
Politics
02 October 2000
A bomb went off. That's what happened when I last tried to attend a party conference. It was the Conservatives at...
Ideas
11 September 2000
Something strange is happening to our sense of smell. More and more people find it difficult to cope with ordinary...
28 August 2000
My daughter, who is 21, is addicted to her mobile phone. Like most parents, I worry about the possible health effects...
Culture
31 July 2000
The distinction between advertising and news has dissolved. This, in essence, is the message of the "Improperganda"...
Ideas
10 July 2000
The professions have become increasingly prone to professional fouls. Trust, competence and moral integrity - the...
Politics
26 June 2000
The Muslim community is in celebratory mood. At last, we are going to be formally recognised as a legitimate minority...
12 June 2000
On the Norwood/Hamilton Vanity Scale, I am somewhere between three and five. That means I am a walking tragedy. If the...
Culture
22 May 2000
Sammo Hung is not a conventional hero. He is short, fat and chronologically over the hill. But as the leading man of...
Ideas
01 May 2000
History has become all things to all people. In Zimbabwe, the injustices of colonial history have become an excuse for...
01 May 2000
Lonely seeker of truth fighting against overwhelming odds. This is the conventional image of "the scientist". Just...
03 April 2000
People are like drops of water. A large crowd often behaves like a river. It can move gently, or become turbulent, or...
Ideas
27 March 2000
Sex has become impossible. It has turned into a mindless, egoistic, explicit league championship event, a public...

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