A never-ending affair – India, Pakistan and Kashmir

Following recent tensions between India and Pakistan, forthright opinions were expressed on both sides, by nationals and across the diaspora. But as Neha Maqsood writes, one thing was forgotten: the status of Kashmir. “It seems that these two nations, India and Pakistan, cannot seem to give the other up. And they’ll always be connected over… Read More

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