Rafia Zakaria

Bodies and bullies

Girls are starved and scolded, trussed up and painted to participate in the manically competitive marriage market. Updated May 25, 2016 10:33am

Pakistan abroad

The Lahore Literary Festival in New York took with it the story of a country where art and resistance have a long . Published May 18, 2016 01:34am

A women’s jirga

The Sister’s Council represents a promising answer to a difficult problem. Updated May 11, 2016 09:33am

After Saudi Arabia

The restructuring of the Saudi economy means that many Pakistanis working in the kingdom will no longer have jobs. Updated May 04, 2016 09:25am

Men and monologues

The solitary successes of some women do not reflect benefits to be reaped by all. Published Apr 27, 2016 06:44am

Diamonds aren’t forever

It is quite unlikely that the British will return the Kohinoor to any country. Updated Apr 20, 2016 09:48am

Our own angel

Taher Shah is more than funny — according to a post on his official blog, there is an ideology behind his latest song. Updated Apr 14, 2016 09:34am

Other girls in green

If a new era in women’s sports is to be heralded in Pakistan, sports governance bodies must include women. Published Apr 06, 2016 01:08am

The aesthetics of terror

There are some who do not watch anymore, who tune in to other things and talk about other things. Published Mar 30, 2016 01:33am

Chronicles of the conquered

Claire Chambers’s research on Muslim writers’ accounts of visits to Britain from 1780-1988 is a unique inquiry Published Mar 27, 2016 07:20am

Decolonising education

The movement in South Africa represents the recognition that knowledge can and must be decolonised instead of being Published Mar 23, 2016 07:12am

Between intent and reality

The new Punjab law recognises the family is not a private matter untouchable by legislation. Published Mar 16, 2016 01:19am

Plea for a paraplegic

The details of Abdul Basit’s story expose just how vexing questions of justice and mercy can be. Published Mar 09, 2016 02:32am

The end of Qadri

A greater moral contrast is required between those who believe in the arbitrary imposition of death and the state that Updated Mar 02, 2016 08:52am

Labour, love and women

Never recognising that emotional labour is labour, and that women are required to do it, works well for men. Published Feb 17, 2016 01:35am

The hell of harassment

The harassed are not only the persecuted but also the pariah. Updated Feb 10, 2016 08:35am

Places of worship are for everyone

The situation in India presents a novel opportunity for Indian Muslims to demonstrate gender egalitarianism in their ... Published Feb 03, 2016 04:39am

REVIEW:Literature of resistance

Tariq Rahman’s analysis of the history of Pakistani English literature details the changing trends from the 1940s-1980s Published Jan 31, 2016 06:48am

Misery and microfinance

Microcredit loans simply end up wrapping the poor in layers of more and more debt. Published Jan 27, 2016 06:44am