Workshop by Dr. Yelena Muzykina held in Kyiv
Never before has humanity lived in a more uncertain time than today. Muslim societies are not an exception in the highly interconnected, interdependent, and unpredictable world. If so, should Muslims think about the future? The answer to this question served as the central theme in the Future(s) of Islam workshop conducted by Dr. Yelena Muzykina on October 12. Its first part included an introduction of Muslims Societies in Postnormal Times: Foresight for Trends, Emerging Issues, and Scenarios, a new book published by St. Petersburg Oriental Studies publishing house with the support of IIIT. Originally intended to be a textbook for scholars, teachers, and students, Muslim Societies helps us understand that future studies and foresight are no longer a luxury but a commodity for navigating the turbulence of postnormal times. If Muslims want to understand the changes and their trajectory as well as avoid pitfalls of chaos while taking advantage of emerging opportunities, they have to start practicing foresight.
Therefore, the second part of the workshop turned theory into practice. The participants learned to think like futurists and applied a few instruments of foresight to their regional context. New/Old Metaphors and the Triangle of the Future generated productive discussions in groups that worked on the preferred future of Islam in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Eastern Europe, and Southern Central Asia. Scholars concentrated on pushes and weights that might accompany their journey to the new tomorrow of regional populations.
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