Online Course: Real Statistics: A Radical Approach

Pr. Asad ZAMAN’s thoughts about Real Statistics

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{} Wikipedia article about “How To Lie With Statistics” shows that this is the most popular statistics textbook, with larger sales than that of all other statistics textbooks combined!! WHY?

Three Major Defects in Modern Statistics: These defects are common to the entire structure of knowledge created in the West over the past few centuries, and these make it easy to lie with statistics:

  • Ontology: What exists
  • Epistemology: What can we know about the world (and what exists)
  • Methodology: What are the correct methods to acquire knowledge

All three were created in early 20th Century, based on the philosophy of Logical Positivism. This philosophy had a spectacular crash in mid 20th Century. BUT: the foundations of statistics were not revisited!! Planned course rebuilds statistics by replacing these foundations.

Historical Background of European Intellectual Developments

The philosophy of Logical Positivism is a theory of knowledge which arose in…

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Islamic Statistics: A Disruptive Technology

A new post by Prof. Asad Zaman

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Disruptive technology is an innovation that significantly alters the way that consumers, industries, or businesses operate. A disruptive technology sweeps away the systems or habits it replaces because it has attributes that are recognizably superior.

In a previous posts Preface to Radical Statistics and Why an Islamic Approach to Statistics?, I have explained how we can develop a new approach to statistics, which rejects a century of developments based on a methodology created by Sir Ronald Fisher, father of modern statistics. It is my hope that this will be a disruptive technology – it will eventually sweep away the entire structure of knowledge which has been built up under this name, and replace it with a radically different alternative. This structure of statistics (which I studied in detail and depth at the Ph.D. Statistics program at Stanford University), is currently being taught in universities around the globe. This structure is deeply…

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هل يجوز للشريك أن يحصل على مبلغ معجل 

من مدونة الدكتور رفيق يونس المصري رحمه الله: هل يجوز للشريك ان يحصل على مبلغ معجل في مقابل نصيبه من الربح؟

مدونة د. رفيق المصري

في مقابل حصته من الربح ؟ وهل يعدّ هذا من التخارج ؟

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Preface to Radical Statistics

New contribution of Pr. ASAD ZAMAN

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I have recently complete a new textbook on elementary statistics which rejects the century long developments based on the approach created by Sir Ronald Fisher in the early 20th Century. It advocates rebuilding the discipline on new foundations. In particular, statistics should be treated as a modern branch of rhetoric: the art of persuasion using data. The video/blogpost below provides an introduction to the ideas that went into the creation of this new approach. Because it is in early draft form, the entire course is currently available online for beta-testing from I would request especially teachers of introductory statistics in the Islamic world to go through this course and provide me with feedback directly or on the website.

The Ghazali Project is based on the idea that a Western education imparts a Eurocentric worldview, as well as toxic moral ideas, to all students. But it also imparts essential…

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Analysis of the degradation of working conditions

Recently several studies have dealt with the deterioration of working conditions in capitalist economies. Among these studies we must mention the paper by Max Visser and Thomas C. Arnold.

These two researchers have studied working conditions in the platform economy, using Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition and the normative method of reconstruction. They highlighted a paradox: the autonomy and flexibility promised by this economy contrast with the working conditions actually observed.

In below, the references and the abstract of this paper published in open access.

OPEN ACCESS 20-03-2021 Recognition and Work in the Platform Economy: a Normative Reconstruction Authors: Max Visser, Thomas C. Arnold Published in: Philosophy of Management Issue 1/2022 Abstract The rise of the platform economy in the past two decades (and neoliberal capitalist expansion and crises more in general), have on the whole negatively affected working conditions, leading to growing concerns about the “human side” of organizations. To address these concerns, the purpose of this paper is to apply Axel Honneth’s recognition theory and method of normative reconstruction to working conditions in the platform economy. The paper concludes that the ways in which platform organizations function constitutes a normative paradox, promising flexibility and autonomy while at the same time creating working conditions that undercut these promises. The paper ends with a critical discussion of Honneth’s approach, possible supplementing ideas and further lines of future research.

The next post of this blog will present other studies devoted to this question.

Rebuilding Knowledge on Moral Foundations

A new contribution from Asad Zaman

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Whoever is kept away from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have triumphed. The present world is only an illusory pleasure.” (Q 3:185)

We human beings have only been created for worship. The central question faced by a Muslim student is: how to ensure that my study is an act of worship? If we can ensure this, then the ink of our pens will have greater weight than the blood of the martyrs, on the day of Judgment. Countless verses of the Quran, many Ahadeeth, and books of scholars, testify to the central importance of pursuit of knowledge in the way of life (Deen) given by Islam. But, there is a crucial distinction between useful and useless knowledge, which has been lost from sight and vastly misunderstood, in modern times. Our prophet Mohammad SAW prayed for useful knowledge, and sought the protection of God from useless knowledge. So…

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Honoring Mahbub ul Haq

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{} The anniversary of his birth on 24th Feb 1934 is an appropriate occasion to remember Mahbubul Haq, our unsung national hero. The depth of his achievements remain vastly under-appreciated, especially in his own country.  Virtually single-handedly, he changed the direction of the development discourse from a single-minded and harmful focus on wealth production, towards attention to the human beings who are both the drivers and beneficiaries of the process of growth. One of the greatest strengths of Mahbubul Haq was his ability to learn from experience. Unlike many others whose ideological commitments blind them to the facts, Mahbubul Haq was a lifelong learner, radically revising and sharpening his theories when confronted with adverse experiences. He also had the rare ability to translate idealistic and visionary ideas to the practical realm of the real world. In this article, we will trace his intellectual trajectory and legacy, which remains of…

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Les grands auteurs en management public

Parution dans la collection Grands auteurs, des Éditions Management et Société EMS, d’un ouvrage consacré aux grands auteurs en Management Public. La direction de l’ouvrage rassemblant des pionniers ( comme Alain Burleaud et Patrick Gibert) et de chercheures de la nouvelle génération comme Stéphanie Châtelain-Ponroy ou Madina Rival) reflète l’évolution de l’enseignement et de la recherche dans cette discipline en France. Ouvrage très important.