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"What is important to note for our purposes here, in tracing the debate in post-Partition Pakistan about the '[im]proper' place of the musical arts and within those, of women performers such as Malka Pukhraj and others, is that there is a delicious irony in the fact that the derogration of the "tawaif" - synecdoche for a whole way of life (Muslim Mughal culture), as embodied in the singing and dancing arts, which in turn were embedded in North India's Muslim-led classical traditions - actually began in the Hindu national imaginary emerging in the decades leading up to Independence of India from the British and the resulting Partition. Why? Because the "tawaif" had become a symbol of Muslim glory in the Hindu psyche, given its Mughal roots. What irony, then, that this self-defeating position, originating as part of the Hindu national project, was adopted post 1947, by the Muslim state of Pakistan!"

From The Respectable Courtesan

Doing History Right: Challenging Masculinist Postcolonialism in Pakistani Anglophone Literature

Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Literature

Editors: Kanwal, Aroosa and Saiyma Aslam

Pages 185 – 200

2019

The Respectable Courtesan: Malka Pukhraj, Music and the Postcolonial Nation

Performing Islam

Volume 6,  Number 1

Pages 41– 59(19) 

May 2017

Re-Orienting Orientalism

Peer Reviewed e-Journal, Arab Stages

December 2014

Alternative Dramaturgy for "Jihad Against Violence: Oh Isis Up Yours!”

Co-authored by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Nesrin Alrefaai and Katherine Mezur

Published simultaneously in Arab Stages

Volume 1, Number 2

After COVID-19, What?

The Drama Review 

The MIT Press

Volume 64, Number 3

Pages 191 – 224

Fall 2020

Other Writing

POETRY

 

Whistling Mummy

3 Quarks Daily

March 2018

Mai 

Sugar Mule

2013

The American 

South Asian Review 

Creative Writing Issue

Editors: Amritjit Singh and John Hawley 

2006 

Seminar on Women and Development, Lahore

Women's Studies Quarterly

2003

Billy Bush Sam-Ton 

Poets Against the War Anthology

Editor: Sam Hamill 

Published by Thunder Mouth Press, New York 

2003

"Noise in the shape
Of words whistling
Contorted into
Breath that smells
Of death approaching
Slowly sour
Patching memories
Only she can enter
Darkly

..."

– From Whistling Mummy

AUTHORED REVIEWS

JOURNALISTIC

SHORT STORIES

Reading of an excerpt from La Vie En Rouge: Of Dreamscapes and Destinies, published in The Aleph Review's inaugural issue, 2017

Night of the Cubana

Asiatic (8.1)

2014 

PDF available here

Madame Sin

Mehraab

Volume 2, Issue 10

2002

Read here

Bloody Monday

And the World Changed: Contemporary Writings by Pakistani Women

An Oxford University Press Anthology 

Edited by Muneeza Shamsie

2005

 

Sam's Secret

Himal Magazine

2000 

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