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Pakistani Activist Nighat Dad Awarded 2016 Human Rights Tulip Award

Pakistani Activist Nighat Dad Awarded 2016 Human Rights Tulip Award

Pakistani Activist Nighat Dad Awarded 2016 Human Rights Tulip Award

First Woman Fighter Pilot of China Dies in Crash

First Woman Fighter Pilot of China Dies in Crash

First Woman Fighter Pilot of China Dies in Crash

Mah-e-Mir Wins Big at the Guam International Film Festival

Mah-e-Mir Wins Big at the Guam International Film Festival

Mah-e-Mir Wins Big at the Guam International Film Festival

Died Man Gets  Justice After 19 Years

Died Man Gets Justice After 19 Years

Died Man Gets Justice After 19 Years

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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