Qantara.de, a German effort to bridge the gap between the West and the Islamic world, runs an interview with Ziauddin Sardar, the British-Pakistani publisher of “Critical Muslim” a quarterly magazine that seeks to raise for debate issues the Muslims find uncomfortable to discuss. The magazine is a printed one; online, it offers only teasers of the articles with an invitation to subscribe for the full text.
The magazine seems an interesting one. Its merit may be discerned by the fact that various issues have been banned in countries worried about how extremists would react to the subjects raised.
”Muslims yearn for real debate”
Interview with Muslim Scholar Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar is a leading British-Pakistani Muslim scholar and critic. In this interview with Susannah Tarbush, he talks about the magazine “Critical Muslim” he founded and which he sees as an “intellectual, cultural, philosophical and creative backup” for the revolutions of the Middle East
In January a year ago, a refreshingly different kind of Muslim publication, the quarterly Critical Muslim (CM), was launched in Britain. Published by London-based C Hurst & Co, CM takes the form of an attractively-produced paperback book of over 250 pages. Its stated mission is to be a quarterly of “ideas and issues showcasing ground-breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world”.
CM’s founder and editor is leading Muslim scholar, critic and public intellectual Ziauddin Sardar. Born in Pakistan in 1951, Sardar grew up in London where he still lives. He is a prolific and much-read writer: since the late 1970s he has written some 45 books as well as numerous articles and essays. Sardar’s CM co-editor is the prominent British-Syrian novelist, critic and blogger Robin Yassin-Kassab.
Qantara.de is itself worth visiting. It, too, raises issues that are of deep concern to those who care about relations between the Islamic world and the West. Luckily, its content is all online.