Rafia Zakaria is a columnist for DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English newspaper. She is a writer and PhD candidate in political philosophy. Her work and views have been featured in The New York Times, Dissent, The Progressive, Guernica, and on Al Jazeera English, the BBC, The Hindu, and National Public Radio. She is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, forthcoming from Beacon Press.


An anthology of essays about modern India reveals a country of intriguing, sometimes violent contrasts—between ancient and modern, male and female, and public and private spaces.

Long Engagement

How do you make Americans care about the people of Afghanistan on a more human level? Rafia Zakaria salutes a novel that does just that.