Pakistan

Book Review: The State of Islam: Culture And Cold War Politics In Pakistan by Saadia Toor

Hamzah Saif reviews Saadia Toor's The State of Islam, "a forceful corrective to the dialogue on Pakistan."

Book Review: Corona by Bushra Rehman (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)

This fragmented, musical novel breaks the prettiness of memory, brings irreverent humor where it should, shows the crisscross of ethnic neighborhoods in New York City, and celebrates love in the midst of violence. 

Inquilab Zindabad

Choreographer Joti Singh reflects on her own familial connections to Ghadar history,  staged recently in her production "Red, Saffron, and Green."

The Art of Politics

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we wanted to share our perspectives on crafting this vibrant issue, which features poetry by Bushra Rehman, Purvi Shah, YaliniDream  and Ather Zia, along with a photo essay by Sabelo Narasimhan. Together, these pieces highlight the diversity of voices in the diaspora, ranging from Narasimhan’s visual documentation of protests against New York City’s Stop-and-Frisk policy to Rehman’s tongue-in-cheek take on break-ups.

Bushra Rehman / Corona / It Sucks When The Whole Of Your Relationship Fits Into One T-Mobile Bill

This was my world, where the city met the pulse of irrepressible wildlife, where my parents and their friends created a Muslim community from scratch. It is this world and the leaving of it I recreate in my writing.

Tonight in Kashmir

Late at night, alone but not in silence, in the capital city of Kashmir

Of Silences, Suffering and Solidarity: Facing South Asia’s “Original Sin”

A monthly column by South Asia Solidarity Initiative that discusses current social justice issues in South Asia and the imperative of transnational solidarity. This month, Mohamad Junaid and Balmurli Natrajan explore the need for South Asians to rise in solidarity with Kashmiris to set a new foundation for democracy and decency and ask some of the hard questions that the Indian and Pakistani establishments – as well as the Western news media – have been failing to ask.  

Hunting the “Out-of-Place Muslim”

The Global War on Terror’s fixation on al-Qa‘ida as a roving band of "foreign fighters" allows the U.S. to claim that it is not fighting a war on Islam, but rather helping local Muslim populations rid themselves of narrow-minded interlopers  seeking to impose a puritanical brand of the religion.  This hunt for foreign fighters animates broader attempts to monitor and control Muslim diasporas outside the "west."  At the same time, the legal impunity of other foreign fighters – namely, U.S. forces and their contractors – is pushed into the background.

Call to Pakistan

A daughter calls her mother in Lahore; the phone rings and rings. She, along with seventy other peace activist from the best-known human rights organizations, have been arrested. But the troubling times are giving birth to a new resistance.

From a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy

As Americans vote for a new presidential candidate, there is hope that Biden's proposal may have some impact in influencing a new foreign policy pact and partnership with Pakistan.

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