Handcuffed to History and Chained to the Future (1995)

Distant Futures and Alternative Presents for South Asia By Sohail Inayatullah In Search of Truths A saffron robed monk trudges up the mountains of Nepal in search of a great guru.[i] He finally reaches the enlightened One only to find the room full of other seekers.  He patiently waits his turn until he is invited […]

An Introduction to Futures Studies Alternative Global and South Asian Futures (1994)

By Sohail Inayatullah Introduction The task of this article is to introduce futures studies methods using as data, alternative global and regional futures.  I will first touch upon the history of futures studies, compare futures studies to planning and policymaking, propose a typology of futures studies, present a range of methodologies and then conclude with […]

Frames of Reference, the Breakdown of the Self and the Search for Reintegration (1993)

By Sohail Inayatullah Some Perspectives on the Futures of Asian Cultures Published in Eleonora Masini and Yogesh Atal, eds., The Futures of Asian Cultures (Bangkok, UNESCO, 1993 March 15, 1993 ABSTRACT Using culture in a variety of ways–culture in opposition to neo-realist views of economism and power; culture as essentially alive, always more than our […]

Images of Pakistan’s Future: Possible Scenarios (1992)

By Sohail Inayatullah* Introduction Exploring current images of Pakistan’s futures is the task for this essay.  Based on a literature review of Pakistani magazines, newspapers and journals as well as conversations with Pakistani scholars and interviews with members of the general public, we develop and evaluate five images or scenarios of the future.  This essay […]

Cultural Categories and Sovereignty: Futures and Pasts of Hawaii (1988)

By Sohail Inayatullah Cultures are often cannibalized when they adopt the categories of the foreign dominating culture. While colonialism is often seen as the capturing of lands and political power, far more intrusive is the imposition of epistemological categories–what is considered rational or real, for example. The historical stages of colonialism are well known: economic […]

Hawaii Futures (1984) (1987)

Sohail Inayatullah, “Hawaii: Past, Present and Future Trends,” Renaissance Universal Journal, Vol. 4, No.1, 1984, pp. 7-10. http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/hawaiifutures.pdf Tahir Sohail Inayatullah, “Alternative Futures for Hawaii,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, February, 17, 1987. http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/alternativefuturesforhawaii.pdf