Phil Graham phil.graham at MAILBOX.UQ.EDU.AU
Fri Dec 14 00:38:57 UTC 2001

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>The Indian Episteme, Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge
>Sohail Inayatullah
>(Leiden, Brill,  December 2001)
>ISBN 9004-121935, Price: EUR 42 - US$ 49, www.brill.nl
>New Book New Book New Book New Book New Book New Book New Book New Book New
>Sohail Inayatullah takes us on a journey through Indian philosophy, grand
>theory and macrohistory. We understand and appreciate Indian cyclical and
>spiral theories of history, and their epistemological context. From other
>civilizations, we explore the stages and mechanisms of social change as
>developed by seminal thinkers such as Ssu-Ma Ch'ien, Ibn Khaldun,
>Giambattista Vico, George Wilhelm Friedrick Hegel, Oswald Spengler, Pitirim
>Sorokin, Michel Foucault and many others. They are invited to a
>multi-civilizational dialog on the nature of agency and structure, and the
>escape ways from the patterns of history.
>But the journey is centered on P.R. Sarkar, the controversial Indian
>philosopher, guru and activist. While Sarkar passed away in 1990, his work,
>his social movements, his vision of the future remains ever alive.
>Inayatullah brings us closer to the heart and head of this giant luminary.
>Through Understanding Sarkar, we gain insight into Indian philosophy,
>comparative social theory, and the ways in which knowledge can transform
>and liberate.
>Comments on Understanding Sarkar
>The next generation of South Asians will consider themselves fortunate that
>scholars like Sohail Inayatullah have helped to keep open a humane and
>plural vision of the future for them.
>Dr. Ashis Nandy, Director, Center of the Study of Developing Societies,
>Delhi. Author of The Intimate Enemy and Traditions, Tyranny and Utopias.
>Deeply inspiring and provocative. The Sarkar-Inayatullah combination makes
>very good reading indeed. Inayatullah introduces the fascinating world - in
>time, in space, and in social space - of P.R. Sarkar.
>Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace, Political Science and Sociology at the
>Universities of Bern, Saarland, Hawaii and Witten-Herdecke, and author of
>over seventy books on peace studies, futures studies, international
>relations, Gandhi, and social theory.
>Dr. Sohail Inayatullah is the leading example of a new generation of global
>thinkers, actors and visionaries.  While firmly attached to and informed by
>the culture into which he was born, and passionately and yet rationally
>committed to facilitating the future of South Asia, Sohail Inayatullah is
>also a global  - it is not too much to say, cosmic - figure as well,
>carrying in his very person the tensions and hopes of a future which is at
>the same time both local and global.
>James Dator, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Hawaii
>Research Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii.
>Secretary-General and President of the World Futures Studies Federation,
>In addition to the service he is rendering by bringing to a wider audience
>the thoughts of a very important thinker, Sohail Inayatullah provides an
>extraordinary contribution to social theory with an unusual combination of
>analytic rigor and boundary challenging imagination.
>Professor Michael Shapiro, University of Hawaii is the author of numerous
>books on political and social  theory including, Reading the Postmodern
>Polity, Reading 'Adam Smith', Violent Cartographies and Cinematic Political
>Thought, For Moral Ambiguity: National Culture and the Politics of the
>Family  2001.
>In this scholarly and inspiring work, Sohail Inayatullah brings to life the
>contributions of the remarkable Indian visionary, theorist, and social
>activist Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar. Skillfully blending his understanding of
>both Eastern and Western scholarly traditions, Inayatullah looks at history
>from a non-eurocentric perspective that also takes into account the
>thinking of some of the best known Western macrohistorians.  This book is
>not only highly instructive; it also never loses sight of what Sarkar
>called neo-humanism - the consciousness that we are part of an
>interconnected whole and that a good society is one that manages to
>represent harmoniously the spiritual needs of its individuals.
>Riane Eisler,author of The Chalice & The Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and
>Tomorrow's Children.
>Sarkar's writings on historical processes offer a refreshing alternative to
>the orthodox interpretations of Toynbee, Hegel and Marx.  He makes Samuel
>Huntington's Clash of Civilizations seem parochial in comparison.  Dr.
>Inayatullah skillfully weaves Sarkar's comprehensive overview of cultural
>life-cycles into a coherent whole, through which the full sweep and scope
>of the fundamental forces that shape history can be rendered.  Despite the
>magnitude of the canvas upon he paints, his is a work of systematic and
>focused scholarship.  This book should be required reading for anyone
>looking to understand macrotheories of social change from an
>non-eurocentric, holistic, and synergistic perspective.
>Dr. Tim Dolan
>Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Oregon University ands
>Director of the Master in Management Program.
>Sohail Inayatullah is the world's leading scholar of Sarkar's thought. His
>latest book, Understanding Sarkar, is sweeping in scope - quite literally a
>  philosophical tour de force. By contrasting Sarkar's ideas to some of the
>greatest minds in human history, Inayatullah has achieved a remarkable
>philosophical integration that is both breathtaking in its vision and
>relevant in its possibilities for creating societal change. Indeed, if you
>want a better grasp of Sarkar's comprehensive worldview, I can think of no
>better source than Inayatullah.  Brilliant.
>Roar Bjonnes, writer and former editor of Prout Journal and Common Future
>Dr. Sohail Inayatullah's book offers an excellent entry point for those
>wanting to explore the fascinating and challenging  ideas of P. R. Sarkar.
>At the same time Understanding Sarkar provides those who have studied
>Sarkar with wonderful new ways of seeing and connecting the vast expanses
>of his works.  We owe much to Dr. Inayatullah for this splendid effort.
>Craig Runde, Director of New Program Development, Eckerd College, St.
>Petersburg, Florida
>In a time when "global" is equalled with "western", Sohail Inayatullah
>takes us through the door of Indian thinking to a world view that is global
>in the true sense of the word. Going beyond naive Western idolization of
>Asian philosophies and avoiding the pitfalls of dogmatic, sometimes
>fanatic, adherence to tradition faith characteristic to many Eastern
>mentalities Inayatullah examines P.R. Sarkar's world in pursuit of a
>universality that is yet to be realized within the potential of human
>civilization. Those, wishing freedom from culturally ingrained mental
>habits, should consider this work as essential reading.
>Dr. Partow Izadi, senior scientist in evolutionary futures, global
>education and systems theory, University of Lapland, Finland.
>This is a companion volume to Inayatullah and Galtung's masterly synthesis
>of macrohistory and macrohistorians, that includes P R Sarkar.  Here the
>practice as well as the theory of
>Sarkar enters the grand sweep, enriching and legitimating the story.  Their
>respective models have elements in common but few contain all Sarkar's
>elements of spiritual practice, humanity, and humility - even if
>potentially ferocious.  He lived, fought and spread his theory into a
>movement.  Isolated perhaps from the writings of the other great minds,
>Sarkar seems to have an uncanny understanding of the emerging insights of
>genetics on our social behavior (evolutionary psychology or neo-Darwinism)
>and of social construction
>Alan Fricker, President, Sustainable Futures Trust, Wellington, New Zealand
>Comments On Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar
>Sarkar's theories deserve serious study and discussion 
 Objectively they
>provide answers to all economic and social dilemmas 
 I owe my greatest
>intellectual debt to P. R. Sarkar.
>Dr. Ravi Batra, economist and best-selling author, Southern Methodist
>University, Texas.
>Sarkar is so much deeper and more imaginative than most 
 He is an
>intellectual giant of our times.
>Professor Johan Galtung, co-founder of International Peace Research
>Association and author of seventy one books on epistemology, world
>politics, Gandhi, civilization theory, macrohistory and peace studies.
>P. R. Sarkar was one of the greatest modern philosophers of India.
>Former President of India, Giani Zail Singh.
>The Indian master P. R. Sarkar, who did more than thirty years of studies
>and practical concrete work with the poor of India, is very important for
>all who yearn for a liberation which starts from economics and opens to a
>totality of personal and social human existence.
>Leonardo Boff, Brazilian founder of Liberation Theology, author of more
>than fifty books, recipient of a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Lunds
>University in Sweden
>P.R. Sarkar, in his own way, is more than the equal of the great historian
>Arnold Toynbee. Sarkar not only illuminated the growth and inevitable
>decline that comes from the "Acquisitive-Capitalist" stage in societal
>evolution that has now deeply infected the West, but offers wise counsel on
>what to do instead.
>Oliver W. Markley, Professor of Human Sciences, University of Houston at
>Clear Lake. Author of Changing Images of Mankind
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