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Rafia Zakaria

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

Haj and humanity

Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty over what is holy to all Muslims appears far more real than the concept of an ummah. Published Sep 07, 2016 12:54pm

The 14-second stare

Men stare and stare and stare — old men and young men; bearded men and clean-shaven men; ... Updated Aug 31, 2016 09:33am

Not our kids

There is no corner of the country where the exploitation of children is not taking place. Published Aug 24, 2016 01:23am

Dependence days

When the fuel to run the country comes from elsewhere, the ways in which it is used is often dictated by others. Published Aug 17, 2016 01:04am

The wild cards

A better Olympics, one that is not exploitative, may simply not be possible. Published Aug 10, 2016 01:21am

Other honour killings

Pakistani society refuses to budge from the premise that women’s lives belong ultimately to men. Published Aug 03, 2016 01:27am

Correction nation

A society that elevates, simulates and celebrates corrections is one that does not believe in moral boundaries. Published Jul 27, 2016 02:09am