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Rafia Zakaria

Show your faces…

In the battle over who gets to define Islam, why should the moderates remain silent? Published Jan 18, 2017 12:59pm

The noose and the internet

Naila Rind’s case reveals just how vulnerable Pakistani women are to cyber harassment and blackmail. Updated Jan 11, 2017 10:07pm

No more development aid?

Regardless of what represents Trump’s actual intentions, the prognosis is in general not a good one. Published Jan 04, 2017 01:01am

The wrong man

Escalating xenophobia in the West has ensured that all brown men of any religion are considered suspect. Published Dec 28, 2016 01:57am

Women having fun

Women’s lives are worth little in Pakistan and women who dare to be happy are worth even less. Published Dec 21, 2016 12:57pm

A ban on begging

The issue of what must be done about begging is a controversial one in any society. Published Dec 14, 2016 02:53am

Acquittal after execution

The court’s attentions have not always come in time to save innocent people in Pakistan’s prisons. Published Dec 07, 2016 01:24am

Poetry and patronage

Pakistan has failed to understand the crucial role played by cultural production in constructing lived realities. Published Nov 30, 2016 04:54am

Terrorism’s decreasing numbers

Even as terror’s shadow seems to recede, the future promises its own challenges. Pakistanis are likely to find Published Nov 23, 2016 01:18am

Colonialism, culture & courtesans

The British colonisers labelling of a vast cadre of women involved in cultural production has endured. Published Nov 16, 2016 02:07am

Lessons from US elections

The divisive nature of the US election campaign reveals how differences can corrode even strong and old democracies. Updated Nov 09, 2016 08:31am

Hijab and fashion

The meaning of the hijab, its symbolism and signification, has completely changed. Updated Nov 26, 2016 02:33pm

Art and tolerance

It takes forever to make something beautiful, only moments to tear it apart. Published Oct 26, 2016 02:00am

After survival

The transnational human rights apparatus is failing the casualties of IS. Published Oct 19, 2016 12:56pm

A tale of three camels

With the duties to faith fulfilled, the duties to fellow men or women could be filed away, unimportant and unworthy of Published Oct 05, 2016 01:56am

The other literature

South Asian writers are rising to the challenge of changing the way populist media views Muslims Published Oct 02, 2016 09:34am

Innocence and abuse

Murder is always wrong but in cases involving women who have been abused, justice is not a simple matter. Published Sep 28, 2016 01:08am

The thorny question of quotas

Criticism of women who fill the reserved seats stands the risk of being incorporated in the general misogynistic tone Published Sep 21, 2016 01:23am