Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan; and Veil.

She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and writes regularly for Guardian Books, The Nation, The New Republic, The Baffler, Boston Review and various other places.

Canada

Canada's hypocritical 'feminist' foreign policy

As it applauds itself for following a "feminist agenda", Canada continues to sell weapons to regimes that kill women.

Canada's hypocritical 'feminist' foreign policy

Saudi Arabia

Muslim feminism beyond driving

The lifting of the Saudi driving ban is not motivated by concern for women's rights, but rather strategic interest.

Muslim feminism beyond driving

Afghanistan

The Taliban: Undefeated, and possibly undefeatable

Trump's decision to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan will not help defeat the Taliban.

The Taliban: Undefeated, and possibly undefeatable

Arts & Culture

Provenance and plunder: What museums won't tell us

On how Western museums encourage and abet the smuggling of antiquities.

Provenance and plunder: What museums won't tell us

Aid

Can USAID defeat ISIL?

Bombing one corner of a country, while doling out aid in other parts will bring neither development nor peace.

Can USAID defeat ISIL?

Women's Rights

Sexy veils, running shoes and missing feminisms

This Women's Day, Muslim women must rally against marketing strategies that present buying things as empowerment.

Sexy veils, running shoes and missing feminisms

War & Conflict

Military courts and terrorists heroes

Establishing military courts to try terror suspects is likely to exonerate them in the eyes of the P

Military courts and terrorists heroes

US & Canada

The death of multiculturalism in Quebec

Under the cover of promoting secularism, a proposed charter aims to exclude some religious practices and symbols.

The death of multiculturalism in Quebec

US & Canada

Anti-Sharia and anti-feminist: The case of North Carolina

North Carolina's anti-Sharia law also strictly regulates abortion clinics.

Anti-Sharia and anti-feminist: The case of North Carolina

Poverty & Development

The online threat to the American professor

Massive Open Online Courses are highlighting the growing chasm between the US' rich and poor universities.

The online threat to the American professor

Politics

President Obama: The drones don't work, they just make it worse

As the Obama Administration looks to reform its drone program, it should focus on assessing its actual success rate.

President Obama: The drones don't work, they just make it worse

Opinion

Circumcision wars, child custody, culture and the girl child

The issue of circumcision is divisive and is still being battled out in the US and Canada.

Circumcision wars, child custody, culture and the girl child