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

نواز شریف کی نا اہلی اور ایک نیا سیاسی نعرہ: چور ای اوئے

پچھلے دنوں میرے پاکستان کے وزٹ کے دوران پاکستانی عدالت عظمہ نے نواز شریف کی سیاسی نا اہلی کا تاریخی فیصلہ دیا جو کہ پاکستانی جمہوریت کے مستقبل کے لئے شاید ایک خوش آیند بات ھے- جیسا کے آپ سب کو معلوم ھے کہ حکومت سے مغزولی کے بعد نواز شریف صاحب نے ایک کاروان…

اردو کالم پر آپ کی رائے

جیسا کہ میں نے ایک دوسری بلاگ انٹری میں کہا، میں نے اپنی تمام غیر تعلیمی تحریریں اب اس ویبسائٹ پر جمع کر دی ہیں۔ اب میرا ارادہ ہے کہ میں گاہِ بگاہِ اردو میں بھی اپنی سوچ اور خیالات اپنے پاکستانی قارئین کے ساتھ شئیر کروں۔ گو کہ میری اردو کچھ اتنی اچھی نہیں…

Pakistan Army and Pakistan’s Water Security

By all accounts, Pakistan is currently one of the top water stressed countries and the situation is likely to further aggravate in the future. Given the rise of population, urbanization, and loss of forested areas, water planning should be at the top of Pakistani federal and local governments. However, there seems to be no coherent…

The US and the Myth of “Pakistan Should Do More”

Once again a US politician, this time the new US president, has offered the same hackneyed wisdom about the US war in Afghanistan, and besides other mundane things offered as new and innovative, yet another refrain was also included in the non-substantive Afghanistan policy speech delivered by President Donald Trump. Trump, like so many other…

Welcome

This is the personal  website and blog of Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja and features his public work. Raja writes and speaks frequently on issues related to political Islam, US-Pakistan relations, and on other issues related to global social justice, equality, and democratic norm.

Place for my Public Writings

Dear friends. From now on I will be using this site (masoodraja.com) as the main site for my public writings. Since I write on topics as varied as Pakistan, US politics, and the Pokemon Go, please bear with me as I develop this site into a sort of my online home. Since Donald Trump got…

Mashal Khan’s Murder: An Act of Collective Cowardice

Last week a mob of students of Khan Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan performed a collective act of cowardly murder of one of their fellow students. In any other country, this news would have come across as ‘fake” or sensational but in what has now become of the so-called “Land of the Pure,” this…

Disappearing Acts: What is at Stake for Pakistan

In a recent spate of unexplained disappearances, at least eleven social media and other activists have suddenly gone missing in Pakistan. At this point neither any terrorist organization nor any state agency has claimed the responsibility. There are no ransom demands or any other announcements about these disappeared activists. I am only aware of the…

The Muslim Registry: There is More to it Than Just the Registry!

A lot is being said about the impending Muslim  Registry that Trump’s would-be Attorney General help establish after nine eleven and that, it seems, is likely to be reinstated. Some people have also suggested that it will go through the legislative process and also the judicial oversight and that in the end, it would not…