Kuala Lumpur 2019 Workshop 1A

"Islam and Futures Literacy" - A Two-Day Workshop


12-13 June, 2019 Shah's Village Hotel, Petaling Jaya

Why is it important to have an appreciation of what the future may bring? How do we think about and study alternative futures? What is Islam’s position on ‘the future’? What can we confidently say about futures of Muslim societies? This workshop explores these questions and provides rigorous training in futures and foresight methods with hands-on experience. The goal is to see how we can use some of these methods to throw light on the plight and problems of Muslim societies and work towards viable strategies to navigate the next decades. The focus in this workshop will be on alternative futures for Malaysia.


This first workshop set off a series of three workshops aimed at training Malaysian scholars on futures studies and postnormal times. In a collaboration with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, East and South East Asia (IIITESEA), the CPPFS lead four workshops in Malaysia in 2019.  A report is available upon request and below is the programme for the workshop. 



I think therefore I am
I progress therefore I am
I shop therefore I am
I share therefore I am
I am tradition and culture
I am science and technology
I am what I buy
I am online
Simple, Closed
Complicated, Closed
Complex, Open
Open, Interconnected, Chaotic
Conquest, Supremacy, Progress
Progress, Efficiency, Modernization
Relativism, Plurality, Individuality
Complexity, Chaos, Contradictions
Spanish Flu (1918-1920)
Zika Virus, MERS, SARS
Serial Monogamy
Serial, Multiple Monogamy
Hetero, Homo, Trans, Serial, Plural
Feral, To be Tamed, and Exploited
Under Control, but Limits to Growth
Social Construction of Nature
Mass extinction, Climate Change
Pursuit of Reasoned Inquiry
Scientific Progress and Development
Socially Constructed and Relative
Complex, Uncertainties, Ignorances
Science makes work easier
Ideologically driven for "progress"
Biotechnology & Genome Sequencing
AI, Human-Machine Synthesis
Male, Female
Male, Female, (Closet Gays)
Male, Female, LGBTQ+