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CM24: Populism

Ziauddin Sardar dismembers post-truth angst; Richard Appignanesi mourns the loss of world; Barnaby Rogerson traces the history of the word demagogue; Bhavik Doshi is disturbed by the populist rhetoric of the Indian diaspora; Scott Jordan watches anxiety-drenched movies; Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton is unimpressed by 2017 Venice Biennale; and poems by Carole Smith.

CM23: Bangladesh

Shanon Shah tries to unravel the paradox of Bangladesh; Hassan Mahamdallie has strange encounters in Dhaka; Zeeshan Khan asks real Bangali Muslims to raise their hands; A Qayyum Khan thinks Bangladeshi politics is trapped in a fraudulent circle; Dina M Siddiqi visits garment factory workers; Irum Shehreen Ali refuses to take sides in the battle of the Begums; Anato Chowdhury laments the murder of gay activists; Onjali Q Rauf is angry at the plight of the female victims of the Independence war; Sharbari Z Ahmed juggles her identity as an American Bangladeshi writer; Sadaf Saaz comes to

CM22: Utopias

Boyd Tonkin surfs the coast of utopia, Bruce Wannell explores the Gardens of Paradise, Hassan Mahamdallie joins the community of Findhorn, Marco Lauri dissects ibn Tufayl's utopian masterpiece, Medina Whiteman's parents escape to Andalucia, Nazry Bahrawi reflects on the Islamic legacy of utopian thought, Sadek Hamid dissects Khilafatopia of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Yasmin Khan reads contemporary Muslim utopian fiction, Colin Tudge seeks a utopian transformation, Naomi Foyle locates utopia in her ordeal of illness and recovery, Noor Iskander photographs utopian landscapes and Merryl Wyn Davie

CM21: Relations

Samia Rahman is perplexed by our complex network of relationships, Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka 'Annie'), Syed Nomanul Haq follows classical scholars seeking royal patronage, Piro Rexhepi crosses borders in the Balkans, Annalisa Mormile traces the roots of disunity in the EU family, Benedikt Koehler highlights how the Italian scholar of

Top Ten Relationship Break-ups

In the words of Echo and the Bunnymen, nothing ever lasts forever. Relationships are precarious creatures, causing joy, pain and wonder almost at the same time They plod along (un)comfortably or explode onto the scene with searing intensity before disappearing as suddenly as they arrived. Relationships can be enduring but more often than not they fracture catastrophically, unleashing unpredictable consequences to cause despair, destruction and if you’re lucky, eventual growth.

CM20: PostWest

Shanon Shah suggests PostWest is a speculative concept that obscures as much as it explains, Jasper M Trautsch explores the concept of the 'West', Roger van Zwanenberg explains how the West became a dominant world power, Gordon Blaine Steffey suffers from PostWest anxieties, Amrita Ghosh goes in search of the 'East', Shiv Vis

CM19: Nature

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas goes for a long walk 'out in the open', Charles Upton delineates basic Islamic concepts and symbols for the contemplation of nature, James E Montgomery reads some classical texts, Laura Hassan studies how Muslim philosophers approached science and nature, Mohammed Hashas explores the geopoetics of nature, Munjed M Murad sings the virtues of ibn Arabi, Naomi Foyle seeks

Ziauddin Sardar's Twelve Postnormal Plagues

I don’t know about you. But I feel a bit unnatural. It has become rather unnatural to be an ordinary, caring, socially conscious human being. We ordinary everyday folk, who take good, wholesome things such as community, tradition, looking after nature and each other, for granted, now find ourselves in postnormal times, where what we regarded as normal has evaporated and nothing seems to make sense. It is a period of contradictions, complexity and chaotic behaviour that brings us face to face with multiple, interconnected threats.

CM18: Cities

Hassan Mahamdallie discovers shoots of hope in the wastelands of Detroit.

Ten Cities to Visit Before You Die

1. Fez

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