Instead of worrying too much about the extreme left and right, we should focus more on the extreme center, says writer Tariq Ali, author of The Extreme Centre: A Warning. He spoke to Creston Davis in The European about the decline of democracy and German hegemony in Europe.
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Today, forms of obscurantism—both “sophisticated” and less so—are seeing a revival as important tools of the governing order. In his Foreword to Hubert Krivine's The Earth, Tariq Ali urges us to see beyond a facile opposition between religious dogmatism and relativism, and instead look to the rich development of science in the Islamic world.
Pages from Tadhkira fi ‘ilm al-hay'a (Memoir on Astronomy) by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, dating from 1389.