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

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…

A Message to Trump the Cowardly Racist

So, Mr. Trump you think you have won. You probably are secure in your smug racist certitude that by winning an election, your vision of the world has also been sanctified, approved, valorized. Think again Mr. Trump. You might have won a small skirmish, a small battle, but you neither have the wisdom, nor the compassion…

What the Trump Victory Means to Me

I stayed up last night checking various election result sites hoping against hope that, somehow, Trump will not win the presidency. For me, a lapsed Muslim from Pakistan, a professor of literature, and as a brown man married to a white woman there was more than the presidency at stake. I was hoping that the more…

Donald Trump and Perception of America in the Islamic World

As a Muslim resident of the United States, I have keenly followed the Islamophobic tone and rhetoric of Mr. Trump. I have also noted that most of the time the opposition to his claims is posited within the logic of the constitutionality of his proposed actions and policies toward American Muslims. We also ought to…

The Incredible Pettiness of Mr. Trump

America has had its fair share of not too intelligent presidents, but in most of the cases when such people got elected they made up for their intellectual shortcomings by either being compassionate and kind, or by simply projecting a popular I-am-just-like-you-all persona. That Mr. Trump does not have the required experience and intelligence to run…