"Amusing Ourselves to Death" is the title of a book written in 1985 by the famous social critic Neil Postman. The book is introduced as follows:
Are We on The Verge of Culture-Death?
In this book Neil Postman, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at New York University, argues eloquently and convincingly that television is transforming our culture into one vast arena for show business in which all public affairs - politics, religion, news, education, journalism, commerce - have been turned into a form of entertainment. Amusing Ourselves to death is an urgent plea for us to question what is happening before it is too late.
In the thirty years that have since followed, the information and technology revolution has led to the widespread use of internet and mobile communication. It is not just the television that is transforming our culture today but also all the various forms of social media and mobile technology. It is more intense and intrusive than ever before!
So how should a Muslim cope with these changes? Should we adapt to them or resist them? Has Islam been turned into a form of entertainment already with the various "Islamic" TV channels, "Islamic" movies, "Islamic" cartoons, "Islamic" comedy shows, "Islamic" concerts, "Islamic" holidays, "Islamic" singers, "Islamic" hip-hop, "Islamic" speakers, "Islamic" fashion, "Islamic" websites, "Islamic" conferences, "Islamic" novels and "Islamic" education?
Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi has a lot to say on this subject. So this is your opportunity to gain a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the philosophy of recreation, leisure and entertainment from one of the foremost thinkers and Islamic scholars in the Western world today. This is a seminar presented for the first time in the UK that would help you and your family choose the best and the most holistic forms of leisure and recreation.
Please sign up now without delay - only a very limited number seats available.
Recreation, Leisure and Entertainment
The Islamic Perspective
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)
A full-day seminar on the concepts of recreation and leisure in Islam and the Islamic view on modern day phenomena such as music, entertainment, television, movies, games, sports, “weekends”, holidays, shopping, fashion, socialising and celebrations.
When: Saturday 14th December 2013 Time: 9.30AM - 6PM
Venue: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Online: Worldwide - Live & Recorded Access
This Seminar Covers:
- The meaning and purpose of recreation & leisure in the modern world
- The meaning and purpose of recreation & leisure in Islam
- The value of time
- The need for rest and relaxation
- Prophetic advice on recreation & leisure
- Recreation & leisure at the time of the Prophet (SAW) and companions
- The history and evolution of “Islamic Entertainment”
- The status of “Islamic Entertainment” today
- Advice on recreation & leisure for men, women and children
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