‘British values’: failures in colonial memory

With the 70th anniversary of Partition passing this summer, Maryam Jameela talks about the legacy of empire in today’s Britain Read More

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Some people aren’t celebrating Mahershala Ali as the first Muslim to win an Oscar: let’s talk about anti-Ahmadi discrimination

by Ayesha Mehta After years of disappointment with the Oscars disregarding diverse talent, and the growing frustration that Hollywood only tells black stories in the context of historical trauma and racist brutality, Mahershala Ali’s win for his role in a film about the contemporary experience of a young, gay, African-American was a moment brimming with significance.… Read More

Today an icon was killed: His name was Amjad Sabri

by Jamal Mehmood After the master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, there are few artists of the Qawwali tradition who are better known than Amjad Sabri. He sadly passed away today after being gunned down in Karachi, a city that has been marred by politically driven target killings and terrorism for far too long (though in… Read More

Remembering Eqbal Ahmad: A Conversation with Stuart Schaar

This week marks the anniversary of the passing of a heavyweight radical intellectual few now remember by S U Ahmad  ‘In addition to being an oral person – a sort of peregrine Muslim sage, and all of us his chelas, or disciples – he shouldn’t leave his words scattered to the winds or even recorded on… Read More

Let’s tell stories about Pakistan

by Saadia Faruqi    Stereotyping hurts, there’s no doubt about it. I teach a class entitled “Muslims in the Media” at my local community college in Houston, Texas in which I parade a laundry list of academic media studies proving beyond a shadow of doubt the negative stereotyping of Muslims in mainstream media. Pakistan, being… Read More

How did Pakistan become the land of bombs and burqas?

by Marziyeh Khaleeli I remember how excited I was that US hit television show, Homeland was actually being filmed in Pakistan, and not somewhere else. Then I saw the poster and was obviously less elated. The image, shows a crowd of women wearing the burqa, revealing from the off that this series will only serve… Read More

“I don’t want a label, I am not ashamed. I was attacked.”

by Amna Iqbal The difference between noise and sound; the former numbs your senses and the latter makes you listen. ‘Rape’ – The word is noise. Cloaked in the din of a media screaming match, the word has been stripped off the anguish, the trauma, the physical and mental scars that it engenders. And here lies… Read More

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s ‘kill-list’

by Usaamah Khan and Taimour Fazlani Last year the New York Times ran an article reporting that Nobel Peace Prize winning US President Obama was armed with a ‘kill-list’. The article was carefully approved by the White House in a bid to improve the re-election chances of President Obama. The New York Times reported how… Read More