Decolonising our universities by Shad Faruqi - The STAR
Decolonising our universities
COMMENT By PROF SHAD SALEEM FARUQI
Western chemistry had its predecessor in Eastern alchemy, Algebra had African roots, and Arabic was at one time the lingua franca of science and technology.
AN ongoing international conference in Penang is examining the issue of intellectual enslavement in Asian and African citadels of learning. Luminary after luminary are pointing out that education in Asia and Africa is too West-centric. It blindly apes Western universities and Western curricula.
Our university courses reflect the false belief that Western knowledge is the sum total of all human knowledge.
The books prescribed and the icons and godfathers of knowledge are overwhelmingly from the North Atlantic countries.
Titles written by scholars and thinkers from Asia and Africa are rarely included in the book list. Our curricula exhibit lack of awareness of the Asian and African contributions to civilisation.