Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam

Originally published on AltMuslim Some analysts insist ISIS is a natural and unavoidable product of Islam. They couldn't be more off-base. Since the alarming rise of the Islamic State, many political analysts and pundits across the world, especially in the West, have taken it upon themselves to inform more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the … Continue reading Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam

Are we really singing praises of Homeland for its “accuracy” now?

So today, I was happily reading through this ranking of the best DC insider shows by Foreign Policy, enjoying its many excellent smack-downs for shows supposedly based on the city. While slightly confused why Scandal got three out of ten points for accuracy (how is it any more credible than NCIS?) I finally reached Homeland. Clearly, the ranking expert … Continue reading Are we really singing praises of Homeland for its “accuracy” now?

The act of defiance that wasn’t

Since this past week, the global media has been furiously digging into the most non-controversial controversy of all times. Michelle Obama didn't cover her head while the Obamas paid their respects to Saudi Arabia's late dictator King Abdullah. Hold your horses, though: Obama wore a loose, long shirt with a jacket fully covering her arms … Continue reading The act of defiance that wasn’t

To rebuild a generation free from extremist idealogies, Pakistan must go back to the basics

I came across an excellent, and damning analysis published by the blog, The Brown Pundits, which explores the reasons why Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law continues to find blind support among its masses, and is so difficult to repeal. Even if the law itself is repealed, what of the pervasive ideology that is constantly fed by the religious elite … Continue reading To rebuild a generation free from extremist idealogies, Pakistan must go back to the basics

Getting Acquainted with Dr. King

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day today in the United States. I admit I wasn't very familiar with the American civil rights movement until I watched the wonderful Selma over Christmas, and inspired, followed it up with voracious reading on MLK over the holidays. While growing up in Pakistan, my school education was not big on world history, least of all civil … Continue reading Getting Acquainted with Dr. King

Building schools to combat extremism in Pakistan

Originally published by The Guardian After Peshawar, Pakistan must not turn a blind eye to the connection between its ghost schools and the growth of radicalism in its most neglected regions  Eight years ago, I briefly held what was perhaps the best job in Pakistan. I was the documenter of good news. You see, good news … Continue reading Building schools to combat extremism in Pakistan