Sohail Inayatullah

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Sohail Inayatullah
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Born 1958 [1]
Lahore, Pakistan
Residence Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Citizenship Australian
Nationality Australian
Fields Futures studies, Political science
Institutions Tamkang University
University of Sunshine Coast
Macquarie University
Alma mater University of Hawaii, United States
Known for Causal layered analysis, Macrohistory/Sarkar writings
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Sohail Tahir[2] Inayatullah is a Pakistan-born political scientist and futurology|futurist who lives in Australia. He holds a number of academic positions:

  • Professor, Tamkang University#Colleges|Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University
  • Adjunct professor, University of the Sunshine Coast#Faculties|Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Adjunct professor at Macquarie University|Macquarie University Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism


He was born in Lahore, Pakistan,[3] and lived in Peshawar, Pakistan, Bloomington, Indiana|Bloomington, Indiana, US, New York State|New York State, US, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamabad, Pakistan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He went to Hawaii to study.[4] He later moved to Brisbane, Australia.[5] He currently lives in Mooloolaba, Queensland.[6] He is also an American citizen, having lived in Hawaii from 1975-1994.[7]


Inayatullah's contributions to scholarship in the area of critical and civilizational futures fall in three areas:

  • The works of P.R. Sarkar[8][9][10]
  • Macrohistory and the grand patterns of change[11]
  • Futures studies – theories, methods and case studies[12]


Authored books

  • Understanding Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge (Leiden, Brill, January, 2002)
  • Questioning the Future: Futures Studies, Action Learning and Organizational Transformation (Tamsui, Tamkang University, 2002)
  • Questioning the Future: Methods and Tools for Organizational and Societal Transformation (Tamsui, Tamkang University, 2005, 2007) 2nd and 3rd editions
  • Situating Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Alternative Futures (Maleny, Australia, Gurkula Press, 1999)

Edited books

  • A Society for All Ages (London, Emerald Group Publishing, 2008) (with Colin Blackman)
  • Alternative Futures of Education: Pedagogies for Emergent Worlds (Netherlands, Sense Publishers, 2008) (with Marcus Bussey and Ivana Milojevic)
  • Global Transformations and World Futures, UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Oxford, EOLSS Publishers, 2008)
  • Neohumanistic Educational Futures (Tamkang University Press, Tamsui, Taiwan, 2006) (with Marcus Bussey and Ivana Milojevic)
  • The Causal Layered Analysis Reader: Theory and Case Studies of an Integrative and Transformative Methodology (Tamkang University Press, Tamsui, Taiwan, 2004).
  • Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: A Ziauddin Sardar Reader (London, Pluto Press, 2003) (with Gail Boxwell)
  • Youth Futures: Empirical Research and Transformative Visions (Westport, Ct. Praeger, 2002) (with Jennifer M. Gidley)
  • Transforming Communication: technology, sustainability and future generations (Westport, Ct. and London, Praeger Studies on the 21st Century, 2002) (with Susan Leggett)
  • The University in Transformation: Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University (Westport, Ct., Bergin and Garvey, 2000) (with Jennifer M. Gidley)
  • Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change (Westport, Ct., and London, Praeger, 1997) (with Johan Galtung)
  • Transcending Boundaries: P.R. Sarkar’s Theories of Individual and Social Transformation (Maleny, Australia, Gurukul Publications, 1999) (with Jennifer "Jayanti" Fitzgerald)
  • Towards the 21st Century: The Futures of Democracy in Pakistan and the Developing World: Selected Papers (Islamabad, World Futures Studies Federation and Pakistan Futuristics Institute, 1996) (ed., with Ikram Azam and James Dator)
  • Chaos and Coherence in Our Uncommon Futures: Selections from the X111 Conference of the World Futures Studies Federation (Turku, Finland, Finish Society for Futures Studies, 1994) (with Mika Mannermaa and Rick Slaughter)
  • Judicial Foresight in the Hawaii Courts: Proceedings of the 1991 Hawaii Judiciary Foresight Congress (Honolulu, State of Hawaii, 1994)

CDs and DVDs

  • Futures Studies: Methods, Emerging Issues and Civilizational Visions - A Multimedia Reader (Brisbane, Prosperity Press, 1998)(with Paul Wildman)
  • The Views of Futurists - Volume 4 of the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (Brisbane, Foresight International, 2001)


  1. ^ Inayatullah, Sohail; bibliography by subject
  2. ^ EOLSS - Global Transformations and World Futures: Knowledge, Economy and Society - Related Chapters
  3. ^ Alternative Futures For The Islamic Ummah
  4. ^ Using the Future to Explore Visions of Globalization
  5. ^ (See number 26.)
  6. ^ The Futures Foundation - Eco-consumers in your future
  7. ^ Fairness, globalization, and public institutions: East Asia and beyond, p.93
  8. ^ Sohail Inayatullah, Understanding Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge. Leiden, Brill, 2002
  9. ^ Sohail Inayatullah, Situating Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Alternative Futures. Maleny, Gurukul, 1999
  10. ^ Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley, eds. Transcending Boundaries: P.R. Sarkar's theories of Individual and Social Transformation. Maleny, Gurukul, 1999.
  11. ^ Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, eds. Macrohistory and Macrohistorians. Westport,Ct, Praeger, 1997
  12. ^ Sohail Inayatullah, Questioning the Future. Tamsui, Taiwan, Tamkang University Press, 2007

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