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Rafia Zakaria

In praise of everyday rebels

In praise of everyday rebels

Nonconformists, once recognised, will be singled out and, in at least some small way, shamed. Published Jun 13, 2018 07:13am
Doing the dishes

Doing the dishes

The dishes are a symbol of shared work, of living a life together that reflects mutual respect rather than fear. Published Jun 06, 2018 07:00am
The ends of the world

The ends of the world

The Holocene has lasted almost 12,000 years; it will not end in one. Published May 30, 2018 06:53am
Loving the royals

Loving the royals

Pakistan’s adoration of archaic English customs is rooted in the idea ... Published May 23, 2018 06:56am
The ‘not-yet-disappeared’

The ‘not-yet-disappeared’

We imagine ourselves safe, not at threat of armed men arriving in the depths of the night. Updated May 16, 2018 07:49am
No let-up in ‘honour’ crime

No let-up in ‘honour’ crime

A demand can be made for a special investigation unit to probe the motivations behind ‘honour’ killings. Updated May 09, 2018 10:45am
The strongman season

The strongman season

We are living in a moment when some Western countries are liberal but undemocratic or democratic but illiberal. Published May 02, 2018 06:11am
Conquest and Cordoba

Conquest and Cordoba

The true loss is that of the Muslim imagination as it was in Islam’s golden age. Published Apr 25, 2018 07:09am
Visas and global poverty

Visas and global poverty

The international aid system is a moral hierarchy, with the aid grantors at the top. Published Apr 18, 2018 07:14am
A school of our own

A school of our own

The Mama Parsi Girls School, that turned 100 this month, has managed to create an environment of equality. Published Apr 11, 2018 06:48am
Removing hate from sermons

Removing hate from sermons

Those who use freedom to abridge and destroy the freedom of others must not be permitted to do so. Published Mar 28, 2018 07:08am
Shunning the architects of hate

Shunning the architects of hate

One would imagine that the increasingly educated Indian middle class would have been better informed of world history. Updated Mar 21, 2018 09:32am
Women and math

Women and math

Women in many Muslim countries have a higher number of graduates in STEM fields than their counterparts in other nations Published Mar 14, 2018 06:41am
Taming the trash

Taming the trash

People throw garbage out of their houses and imagine it magically gone simply because it is no longer on their property. Published Mar 07, 2018 07:12am
The aid class

The aid class

Pakistan’s economic and non-governmental sectors are not poised to find alternative donors. Published Feb 28, 2018 06:51am
Courts of the people

Courts of the people

Courts exist not for the exoneration of one or another politician, but for the protection of Pakistan’s democracy. Updated Feb 21, 2018 10:47am
A deep hatred

A deep hatred

Can interfaith marriages escape allegations that one side is using ‘emotional appeal’ to get the other to convert. Updated Feb 07, 2018 09:44am
Deadly proposals

Deadly proposals

Few pause to consider the culpability of a society that collectively believes in male entitlement. Updated Jan 31, 2018 09:42am