Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Pakistani & “Muslim” theatre

In the context of what we now term “Pakistani” theatre and performance, in addition to gender, aesthetic and racial histories, conventions and traditions, we need also to acknowledge the religious, nationalist, ethnic and linguistic contestations which are key to understanding the history and historiography of Pakistani theatre. In attempting to theorize Pakistani Theatre and Performance,…

The world after Osama bin Laden

It is grotesque to see media anchors like Hamid Mir in Pakistan refer to Bin Laden as “shaheed”—as though the man was a martyr in any Islamic sense. What a travesty of belief ! And that there were processions in some places in Pakistan—thankfully not many—led by the “ghairat brigade”—the so-called self-styled “honor-brigade” of right…

Blame Game

From (Viewpoint Online) Samaa TV program anchor Meher Bokhari, whose aggressive interview of Taseer a few weeks prior to his assassination has raised troubling questions about media responsibility. Did her insistence, that Governor Taseer had somehow engaged in defamation of Prophet Muhammad by simply calling the blasphemy law a man-made law and as such, amendable,…

The Disturbing case of Faisal Shahzad

As a Pakistani-American who has lived, studied and worked in the US for 30 years and raised a family with a man who, like me, came here from Pakistan as a student, the case of Faisal Shahzad has raised more disturbing questions than any others involving accusations of terrorism against Pakistani-American citizens. The most prominent…

Punish this Literature

(Syndicated from Viewpoint Online) Imagine my shock and dismay when a woman claiming that my chapter on Madina was based on her—did a most unimaginable thing. She sent a letter of “intent to sue” to my publishers and myself, claiming the book had defamed her character, even though she was not named in it. The…