zahra sabri: some writings

The Words Behind Coke Studio

Language is the means through which mystical/poetic messages in our songs have come down to us over generations. When there are errors in this language, then transmission of meaning is … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dignity of criticism

We are living in challenging times for democracy in Pakistan and the role of reputable news organisations in shaping public opinion is too vital to be taken lightly By Zahra … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Karachi’s tsunami

2018 has the potential of being interpreted in years to come as a real watershed in the city’s politics. The overwhelming vote in favour of the PTI reveals that Karachi may … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lahore 2008: Election night in a similar time?

In the 2008 elections, Zahra Sabri worked as an interpreter for a group of foreign election observers in Lahore. This is her account of the days and nights spent around … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why ‘Sufism’ is not what it is made out to be

What has the historical relationship among kings, ‘ulama and mystics typically been in regions such as Central Asia, Anatolia, Persia and Mughal India? Four myths about Islamic mysticism.   By … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Powerless liberals?

Liberal/progressive forces in Pakistan possess an inordinate degree of power and influence in many kinds of mainstream educational institutions and media groups.   By Zahra Sabri SINCE the Faizabad debacle, … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Imran Khan & the politics of blasphemy

Mr Imran Khan is wrong in acting as if only the ‘liberals’ are critical of his actions in the Faizabad affair. So are many conservative Muslims in this country. By … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment