Category: Commentaries

Review: Time and the River

Time and the River, Heinemann/Harcourt, 2007, By Zee Edgell Published in 2007, Time and the River is by far the most intriguing and enlightening work by the Belizean author Zee Edgell, author of highly acclaimed novel Beka Lamb. In the literary circles of United States, the slave narrative is an established form of writing that…

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…

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…

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…