Tag: Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria: Bogotá Divided

September 2013

Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.

Rafia Zakaria: The Tragedies of Other Places

April 2013

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil.

Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is Forbidden

November 2012

Recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle. Facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege.

Rafia Zakaria: The Retired Terrorist

May 2012

Before Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, he was locked in a house for five months with three wives and over a dozen children.

Life and Death in Karachi

January 2012

The NPR host and reporter on what Americans miss when they consider Karachi, the city’s resilience, and what Jinnah really envisioned in Pakistan.

Muslim Grrrls

September 2010

After successfully employing Islamic law in the U.S. court system, our writer realizes that Sharia and feminism aren’t always mutually exclusive.

Rafia Zakaria: Reform or Renounce? Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim Women

June 2010

The Somali-born former Dutch parliamentarian finds herself in a political conundrum: What can be done to save lives of women destroyed by patriarchal interpretations of Islam while reform is still a work in progress?

Rafia Zakaria: Victims and Victimizers

June 2010

Can Muslims expect tolerance from western nations where they are minorities when their own nations are unwilling to apply similar concepts?

Rafia Zakaria: The War On Baloch Women

May 2010

Violence against women exists in every nation in the world, but perhaps only in Pakistan is it so easily tolerated and so rarely punished.

Rafia Zakaria: A Limited Education

May 2010

This Saudi Arabian university may be forward-thinking when it comes to gender equality in higher education, but falls short when it comes to migrant tolerance.

Rafia Zakaria: Burka Ban and Earthquakes

April 2010

State intervention in women’s clothing, whether it involves promoting the burka or banning it, achieves the same purpose: subjugating women’s bodies to the dictates of men.

Rafia Zakaria: The Fourth Cup of Tea

April 2010

When Three Cups of Tea was published in 2006, publishers were unsure of its reception. Their fears were unfounded. The book’s story of a failed American mountain climber’s humanitarian project to build schools in the most underprivileged parts of Pakistan’s northern areas resounded with millions.