The Multi-cultural Challenge to Future of Education (1996)

Sohail Inayatullah “The Multi-Cultural Challenge to the Future of Education” Periodica Islamica (Vol. 6, No. 1, 1996), 35-40;   In the West, multi-culturalism has come to mean better representation of minorities in public and private sector positions of authority and equal opportunity in hiring practices. “Tolerance” for other racial, linguistic, and national groups has been […]

Alternative Futures of Korea: Beyond the Litany (1996)

By Sohail Inayatullah[1] Final days but hedge your bets In Papua New Guinea, farmers are refusing to plant numerous crops, convinced that the world will end in two years. In the year 2000, when the world will not end, not only will they face humiliation, they will face starvation. Lee Jan-Rim, 44, leader of Mission […]

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 […]

United We Drink: Inquiries into the Futures of the World Economy and Society (1995)

Sohail Inayatullah “United We Drink: Inquiries into the future of the World System,” Prospectiva (April 1995, No. 3), in English, and Catalan as Bevem Units: estudis sobre el futur mundial de l’economia i las societat, 4-31. UNITED WE DRINK In a United Airlines commercial, we are told that from the outback of Australia we can […]

Global Transformations (1995)

Sohail Inayatullah Abstract Sohail Inayathullah examines the changing concepts of nature and technology in an essay on global structural transformations. He argues that the nation, the local, and the global capitalist system are in the midst of a dramatic structural transformation pointing to massive shifts in identity, economy and governance. He suggests ways for these […]

Rethinking Tourism (1995)

By Sohail Inayatullah Unfamiliar Histories and Alternative Futures   DECONSTRUCTION   This essay seeks to deconstruct tourism.  We ask: what are the futures of tourism and how does the idea of the tourist circulate in the discourse of modernity?  We are not concerned with providing empirical data or giving futuristic projections, rather our task is […]

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 […]

Towards a Proutist View on the Gulf War (1991)

Sohail Inayatullah (Written in 1991) Coming to terms with the present Gulf crises is a difficult task for an inhabitant of this planet as well as for the planet and her eco-system as well.  It is especially difficult for Muslims and those sympathetic to civilizations who have found their meaning systems cannibalized by various colonialists.  […]

The Rights of Robots (1988)

Technology, Culture and Law in the 21st Century By Phil McNally and Sohail Inayatullah* INTRODUCTION In the last five years, the Hawaii Judiciary has developed as part of its comprehensive planning program, a futures research component.  Initially futures research was largely concerned with identifying emerging issues; that is issues that are low in awareness to […]