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Decolonization: a necessary first step

from Asad Zaman

This is part 3 of a talk on Current Economic Crisis in Pakistan and Solutions, from an Islamic Perspective. A summary of the first two parts is given below. This third part explains that colonization requires the assent of the colonized, which is achieved by an educational system which teaches the inherent superiority of the colonizers, and the inferiority of the colonized. To solve the problems created by colonial institutions meant for extraction of resources, we must first decolonize our minds. In this process, learning to see through economic theories which keep us dependent is a necessary first step.  Read more

  1. robert r locke
    May 18, 2023 at 9:35 am

    I wrote The End Of The Prractical Man, 1984, which Alfred D Chandler. Jr brought to the attention of he Englishih sspekking world through his extensive networking. You seem to be ignorantt of these events. Your story is old hat. It is German Busibess Ecoomics BWL that you ignore, the most important major in German academia.

  2. May 18, 2023 at 10:11 am

    I am indeed ignorant of your work about the End of Practical Man. But I suspect that you are not clear on the meaning of “decolonization”. This involves rejecting Eurocentric thought, and building on our own indigenous intellectual traditions. In fact, Eurocentric thought denies the possibility of such traditions because it holds that only Europeans are capable of rational thought. This was affirmed by Kant and by Weber, both Godfathers of German thought. Sandew Hira in his recent book on Decolonizing The Mind provides an excellent introduction to the non-Eurocentric intellectual traditions which we must build upon, to avoid the racism inherent in Eurocentric worldviews.

    • robert r locke
      May 20, 2023 at 8:56 am

      German BWL had widespread influence, in Turkey, in Japan, for example, as wellas in the Spanish Speaking world. What you call your own own intellectual tradiions are us and british and a product of anglosaxonia. Open your mind to alternative international traditions.

  3. May 20, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    The deep Eurocentrism of this comment is mind-boggling! Only the white man has the capability of intellect. The rest can only imitate. Learn some history.

    • robert r locke
      May 27, 2023 at 11:12 pm

      Japan. In order to modernize, Japan borrowed extensively from Europe, but they did it the Japanese way. it was Europeanization through Japanization.

  4. gerald holtham
    May 20, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Many non-“european” economists have made first-class contributions to economics. Amartya Sen is universally respected. Arthur Lewis and Abhijit Banerjee also won Nobel prizes. Bhagwati, Dixit, Morishima and others too numerous to mention have all contributed to the literature . I do not know whether they are guilty of not “decolonizing their minds” but evidently race has got nothing to do with it.

  5. May 28, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    “I do not know whether they are guilty of not “decolonizing their minds” but evidently race has got nothing to do with it.” Thanks for that comment, Gerry! As Ghanaian political philosopher Ato Sekyi-Otu writes in his Left Universalism: “Race obstructs our perceptual horizon, distracts us from attending to other, foundational questions of human being and social existence, so we should move on to those other questions, questions we would still have to address were the domination of racist culture as a world system ever to come to its long overdue end.”

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