Islam and Transmodernism

I thought I would draw this article by Ziauddin Sardar to your attention as an example of the new integral thinking in the Islamic context. The article is entitled “Islam and the West in a Transmodern World“, and I highly recommend it.

I think it should be made clear that the term “transmodern” as used by Sardar points in the direction of what we have been calling the “integral consciousness”. It is neither pre-modern, modern, nor post-modern, which are the factions of the present violent fragmentation of the Ummah as much as they are also of the West in terms of its own value fragmentation.

In other words, in this age of fracture and disintegration — of “times out of joint” — we are all in the same canoe, globally speaking. We just haven’t come to a collective realisation of this yet.



One response to “Islam and Transmodernism”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    Those who recall the old Dark Age Blog may remember, too, that I employed the terms “transmodern” and “integral consciousness” pretty much interchangeably.

    Would like also to add that Rosenstock-Huessy’s programme for philosophy and a true social science is “transmodernist” in the same sense used by Sardar or by Anwar Ibrahim (who Sardar mentions in the article). The “synchronisation of antagonisitic distemporaries” is actually the corrective to the problems of “the times out of joint”, and so Rosenstock’s “cross of reality” is a symbol itself of transmodernism — the problem of creating a global “convivium” in which different times of pre-modern, modern, post-modern can coexist harmoniously, and yet be mutually fructifying.

    This “convivium” is somewhat explored in Rosenstock’s short book “The Multiformity of Man”, which is available online at

    which is also an example of integral thinking and the potentialities of “transmodernism”.

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