Fascinating exchange of ideas. I’m particularly interested in the applicability and vital relevance of this discussion on decolonising academics and academia – especially academics in/from the global South) to a whole range of research and academic practice in the social sciences, including, especially, my own discipline of international politics.
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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