Cross-Cultural Conversations

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.

Please feel free to join our community and participate in our conversations. For further communication, Raja can be reached at

 Video Clip: Discussion on Humanities 2014, Pakistan

Masood’s Books

Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature: Worldly Teaching, 2013.

(Co-edited with Hillary Stringer and Zach VandeZande). Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013.

“This brilliant collection of essays not only breathes new life into the field of critical pedagogy, but leaves this reader wanting more.” -David Gabbard, Bilingual Education Department, Boise State University, USA.

Constructing Pakistan: Foundational Texts and the Rise of Muslim National Identity 1857-1947. Oxford University Press, 2010.


Muslim literati … selected for analysis well represented the … aspirations of the Muslim community in their times. –Basharat Hussain Qizilbash, The Nation, Pakistan, September 10, 2010

Raja’s research merits introspection and contemplation of the many issues it either raises or answers about contemporary Pakistan. –Aliya Anjum, Dawn, Pakistan, September 26, 2010.

A . . . lucid and thought-provoking book. –Muneeza Shamsie, Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction. (Co-edited with Jason W. Ellis and Swaralipi Nandi). McFarland Press, 2011.

In twelve critical and interdisciplinary essays, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, these essays chart a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.

Once Upon a Country, (Novel), Trafford, 2002.

The Eastern Breeze, (Poems), Appledot Publishers, Pakistan, 1999.

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Masood, your presentation on Pakistan and Three Cups of Tea was most informative.  Our audience was huge (for us) because everyone wanted to hear you.  And they all went away with such laudatory comments.  We will have to make arrangements for you to come back.”  – Nancy McGrath, Our Lady of Elms High School, Akron, Ohio.

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 Recent Public Talks

  • Humanistic Education and Neoliberalism, Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, April 2015.
  • Postcolonial Studies in Globalized Capital: NUML, Islamabad, March 2015
  • Introduction to Postcolonial Studies, Postgraduate College for Women, microphoneRawalpindi, July 2014.
  • Humanistic Education. FC College University, Lahore 2014.
  • Humanities in the Twenty First Century, Faisalabad Agricultural University, July 2014.
  • Scholarly Publishing, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, July 2013.

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