Writer, broadcaster, futurist and cultural critic, Ziauddin Sardar was born in Pakistan but educated and brought up in Britain. He has worked for the British science journals Nature and New Scientist and as reporter and producer for London Weekend Television; and written and presented a number of programmes on Islam for the BBC and Channel 4. Currently, is Editor of Futures, the monthly journal of forecasting, planning and futures studies; co-editor of Third Text, the prestigious quarterly journal of arts and visual culture; and Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies, Department of Arts Policy and Management, The City University, London. He is the author of some forty books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, on various aspects of Islam, science policy, culture studies, postcolonial studies as well as travel and autobiography. He is seen as a renowned cultural and science critic and a pioneering writer on ‘Islamic science’ and the future of Islam. His most recent books include Postmodernism and the Other (1998), Orientalism (1999), The Consumption of Kuala Lumpur (2000), The A to Z of Postmodern Life (2002), co-edited Aliens R Us (2002) and Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory (2002), and the co-authored international bestseller Why Do People Hate America? (2002). He has also written a number of highly successful illustrated guides in the ‘Introducing’ series, including: Islam (1994, 2001)), Cultural Studies (1997), Chaos (1998), Media Studies (2000), Science (2002) and as co-author Postmodernism (1995) and Mathematics (1999). A regular contributor to New Statesman, the Observer and the Independent, as well as many national and international newspapers and magazines, his essay ‘Mecca’ appeared recently in the literary magazine Granta. Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: A Ziauddin Sardar Reader edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Gail Boxwell has just been published by Pluto Press, London. Zia Sardar has been described by The Independent as ‘Britain’s own Muslim polymath’ and by The Herald as ‘one of the finest intellectuals on the planet’. He is a familiar figure on Britain’s radio and television stations.
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