Masood Raja

Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016). Raja tweets @masoodraja

Review: Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith & Sexuality

Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith & Sexuality. Sarah Husain, ed. 320 pages, 2006, $16.95 (paper) Seal Press, Emeryville, CA (Previously published in Postcolonial Text Vol. 3   (2) 2007) The metropolitan representation of Muslim women is invariably couched in the language of victimhood. It seems that female Muslim subjects have never been…

The First Year of Pakistaniaat–Some Thoughts

It is now the second year of Pakistaniaat’s publication. I thought I should take this opportunity to reflect upon our first year and share some thoughts about our future. The Decision to Start a Journal Pakistaniaat, as might be obvious by now, was not really launched on a whim. As a scholar of Pakistani origin…

Our Belated Thanks to Scholarly Exchange

It just occurred to me today that after having published two successful issues using the Open Access Platform provided by Scholarly Exchange (SE), our hosting company, I have not publicly acknowledged our debt of gratitude to this wonderful not-for-profit organization. Here is some information about them cited directly from their website: Scholarly Exchange emerged in…

Rawalpindi Bombing–Close to Home

Yesterday’s bombing of the National Bank was so close to my home that had I been there I would have felt the tremor and heard the blast from my room. What the newspapers have failed to mention is that this particular bank branch primarily dealt with the pension accounts of army retirees. So, most of…

South Waziristan: Operational Analysis

Those of you not familiar with the area and the operational strategy of the Pakistan army may benefit from this brief operational analysis. The Pakistan army is conducting Advance-to-Contact operations on three axes: East: Jandola-Kotkai-Sararogha axis. South-West: Wana-Shakai axis North: Razmak-Makeen-Sararogha axis. The purpose of an Advance-to-Contact operation  always is to move into the hostile…

Of Oil Tankers and Collateral Deaths

It is now clear, as per the latest statement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal–the US commander in Afghanistan–that all those who died in the NATO bombing of hijacked oil-tankers were not Taliban, and that some civilians were also ‘wounded’ there. I am sure we will be told pretty soon that some civilians also died in this…

Climbing Mount Hira

The Prophet and His Message : “Force when necessary, love all the time.” (Naguib Mahfooz) On a hot July afternoon in 1991, I climbed Mount Hira. Compared to towering Himalayas of Pakistan, Hira is no giant, but the climb was made hard by my pilgrim’s sandals and the intense heat. It is a barren, forbidding…