Spaces of Knowledge Production in Pakistan – Dr. Saeed Ur Rehman



Kuch Khaas brings you another lecture as part of our series of talks on Islam. Currently a professor at International Islamic University Islamabad, Dr. Saeed Ur Rehman has done most of his academic research in Postcolonial Theory. This talk aims at analyzing some of the main problems that Pakistani academia is facing these days, with a specific focus on the humanities and the social sciences. Two key areas that will be examined is the effect of the false binary opposition “Islam and the West” and the consequences of conspiracy theories circulating as formal knowledge. The first part of the talk will deal with the transformation of “Islam and the West” from a dyad to a binary. A slightly careful look at the history of South Asia informs the observer that from the 1950s to 1980s, Islamization was closely connected with Pakistan’s Westernization and the opposition between Islam and the West emerged after the dissolution of the USSR. The second part of the talk will deal with the effects of conspiracy theories on Pakistan’s political culture and knowledge production.