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CM29: Futures

Ziauddin Sardar argues that our survival depends on taking alternative futures seriously. Mirza Sarajkić shows that the Qur'an is a future-oriented text, Jordi Serra chops his career as a futurist into five neat scenes, Christopher B Jones illuminates the importance of trends and emerging issues, Sohail Inayatullah thinks futures can be explored through stories. Richard Appignanesi exposes seven deadly virtues of postnormal times, or, (as he calls it) 'postculture'. Maya van Leemput explores future cities. Iacopo Ghinassi wonders if a digitised Qur'an retains its sacred nature. Andrew Burke claims that 'decolonial scientia' should inform our future understanding of race and identity. Cesar H Villanueva looks for peace in typhoons (and everywhere else), Linda Hyokki joins a futures studies workship, Harris Irfan is convinced cryptocurrencies are the future of Islamic economy, C. Scott Jordan dissects Afrofuturism, and Jim Dator suggests that accelerating technological and social change is infusing individuals and collectives to create a new identity - 'Indivollectivity'. 
 
Also in this issue: Mothiur Rahman marches with the Extinction Rebellion, Nur Sobers-Khan visits the new Islamic galleries at the British Museum, Tamim Sadikali fails to stand still on the shifting ground of British Muslim identities, Misha Monaghan is unconvinced the future belongs to one Muslim woman, scenario-based short stories by Medina Whiteman, Naomi Foyle and Umar Shiraz, and our list of Ten Emerging Issues. And, oh, Samia Rahman contemplates sex with a robot
 
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In this issue

Introduction: Postnormal Horizons by Ziauddin Sardar

It is all about gestures. Or more specifically, about ‘hand movement’, which according to an advertisement for Volkswagen, makes ...

Futures in Five Scenes by Jordi Serra del Pino

Scene one 1995: at the entrance of a building I was living in at that time ‘Jordi, what does this mean?’ Ms Garcia was ...

Futures Through Stories by Sohail Inayatullah

Narratives, which are often based on metaphors, are important. Indeed decisive in policymaking and strategy. ‘The metaphor’, ...

Cryptocurrency and the Islamic Economy by Harris Irfan

When David Cameron stepped onto the stage at the World Islamic Economic Forum in 2013 to announce the United Kingdom would be the first western ...

Future of Cities by Maya Van Leemput

Picture a city. Start with spectacular towers of gleaming glass reaching high into the sky. Think of another city or the same one, with ...

On Robots by Samia Rahman

360 years into the future and I find myself immersed in the darkest possible dystopian nightmare. Moody scenes of weary sexual encounters ...

Ten Emerging Issues

Emerging issues are a tough cookie to pin down.They are items that exist just below the horizon of tomorrow with the potential of becoming ...