The Latest: 29.2 | Futures

Mirza Sarajkić shows that the Qur’an is a future-oriented text; Sohail Inayatullah thinks futures can be explored through stories; Iacopo Ghinassi wonders if a digitised Qur’an retains its sacred nature; Linda Hyokki joins a futures studies workshop; Jim Dator suggests that accelerating technological and social change is infusing individuals and collectives to create a new entity – ‘Indivollectivity’; Tamim Sadikali fails to stand still on the shifting ground of British Muslim identities; a scenario-based short story by Naomi Foyle; and our list of Ten Emerging Issues.

Sara woke before the azaan and lay quietly in the dark spooning with Farooq, his arm draped over her swollen belly, their phands clasped. The baby kicked. Well hello to you too.

For most of human history, individuals and communities have lived in ‘one present’ and looked forward to ‘one future’, defined by one set of technologies.

Ever since I remember, I have had a strong desire to be well organised. I like to keep track of events, important dates and significant developments of my life.

What happens to the sacred nature of the Qur’an as a physical object after the text has undergone the process of digitisation?

During the Brexit referendum campaign, the Leavers focused on ‘taking charge’ and it is ‘not fair’, thus evoking a strategy of empowerment. Stories do not describe reality, they create reality. Stories create us. They matter.

The fundamental orientation of the Qur’an is undeniably futuristic. There are numerous verses that directly highlight the significance of futures.