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On Decolonising Academics & Pathologies of Muslim Intellectualism

Paths. Places. People.

attas Photo: MEHR News Agency

Dr. SYED FARID ALATAS is a sociologist who has done extensive research on alternative models of Sociology, especially based on Ibn Khaldun’s theories. He teaches at National University of Singapore. His research area is fundamentally premised on the notion of decolonization of knowledge. His important books are: Democracy and Authoritarianism in Indonesia and Malaysia: The Rise of the post- Colonial State and Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism.

MUHAMMED NOUSHAD interviews Dr. Syed Farid Alatas in Calicut, Kerala.

I would like to begin with an autobiographical question. Your father Syed Husain Al Atas was one of the pioneers to write about the need for dewesternising knowledge. And your uncle, Syed Naquib Al Atas, has had the path-breaking work ‘Islam and Secularism’ with its ideological critique on the epistemological crises in the Muslim world. How did their thoughts influence you in developing an orientation…

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India likely to rename West Bengal as ‘Bangla’ or ‘Banga’ — NEWSJET

The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet approved a resolution on Tuesday to call the state, actually located in eastern India, “Bengal” in English – one of India’s official languages.State lawmakers would also get to choose between the Bengali names “Bangla” or “Bonga”, said state minister Partha Chatterjee.The feisty Banerjee, 61, had complained that […]

via India likely to rename West Bengal as ‘Bangla’ or ‘Banga’ — NEWSJET

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the United States had waste the opportunity of nuclear deal. — NEWSJET

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the United States had wasted the opportunity presented by the nuclear accord and prevented the two countries from working more closely on regional issues.“As the supreme guide said, the nuclear agreement was a test,” Rouhani said in a televised address. “If the United States had implemented the nuclear agreement […]

via Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the United States had waste the opportunity of nuclear deal. — NEWSJET

Lebanon Attractions !


Lebanon managed to attract around 1,333,000 tourists in 2008, and it got the 79th rank out of 191 countries. In 2009, the New York Times ranked Beirut the No. 1 travel destination worldwide due to its nightlife and hospitality. In January 2010, the Ministry of Tourism announced that 1,851,081 tourists had visited Lebanon in 2009, a 39% increase from 2008. In 2009, Lebanon hosted the largest number of tourists to date, eclipsing the previous record set before the Lebanese Civil War. Tourist arrivals reached 2 million in 2010, but fell by 37% for the first 10 months of 2012, a decline caused by the war in neighboring Syria.

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Japan are the three most popular origin countries of foreign tourists to Lebanon. The recent influx of Japanese tourists has caused the recent rise in popularity of Japanese Cuisine in Lebanon.Continue reading “Lebanon Attractions !”

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