Category: ZiaWatch

On Zia Sardar and the Power 100

Once in a blue moon I find myself agreeing with the ultra-modernist Ziauddin Sardar, who writes a column in the New Statesman (you can see what I’ve written about his other writings in the “ZiaWatch” category). In this week’s New Statesman, he has an article in reaction to the recently published “Muslim Power 100”, which was sponsored by the Islamic Bank of Britain and Carter Andersen (I’m not sure what they do, because the only website under their name is at the time of writing suspended for non-payment of hosting fees). This is supposedly a list of the hundred most powerful Muslims (or people with Muslim names) in the UK right now.

Zia tells us to embrace Qadianis

It looks like Ziauddin Sardar has finally overstepped the mark … in his latest column in the New Statesman, he insists that we Muslims “respect differences among ourselves - particularly when they appear to...

New Statesman slanders Dr Quick, boosts Hargey

This week’s New Statesman (the first I’ve had through the door on a now ended subscription offer of £4.80 for three months) has on its front page a feature marking the anniversary of the 7th July bombings last year. There are two long articles, one by Shiv Malik (yep, him again) on the background of the bomber Shazad Tanweer and one by Ziauddin Sardar (yep, him again) on young British Muslims. Laughably Shiv’s feature is entitled The Suicide Bomber in his own words, which refers to the personal statement on his UCAS (university application) form that he’s managed to get hold of. Depressingly, as I noted last year when writing about political magazine coverage of the bombings, these two were the only voices within the community the NS could find, with Shiv concentrating on Hizbut-Tahreer, which had nothing to do with the bombings.

Zia Sardar on intelligence

Zia Sardar in the current edition of the New Statesman on the folly of “intelligence-led” police operations: Don’t be fooled by the mantra that intelligence is an extremely difficult business, prone to absurdly wide margins of error. If that were so, Britain would have lost the Second World War. The remarkable success of British intelligence, including counter-intelligence, during that war proves that we can produce reasonable - say, 25 or even 50 per cent - rates of success.

The next holocaust?

Ziauddin Sardar for once has an article worth reading in this week’s New Statesman, entitled The Next Holocuast. It’s on the site’s front page, and can be read once, but is on a “read...

Zia’s fallen into the “change” trap

In this week’s New Statesman, there’s an article by Ziauddin Sardar, entitled Can Islam Change, which approvingly documents how Muslims everywhere are abandoning traditional Islamic law in favour of various kinds of “modernity”. The...

More on Sardar

The New Statesman finally got round to printing replies to Ziauddin Sardar’s “open the gates of ijtihad” waffle two issues ago (I blogged on this about a week ago). They didn’t print mine, but...

Reply to Zia Sardar

Last week in the New Statesman they had Ziauddin Sardar, a darling of the British liberal media, spouting some of his well-known ideas. I am quite interested in Sardar because it was one of...