Rafia Zakaria
Writer, Everywhere

Rafia Zakaria is an attorney, political philosopher and writer whose work has been published in Al Jazeera America,Dissent and Guernica, among others. She is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (2015).

Written by Rafia Zakaria

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps guard at an outpost monitoring the restive Korengal Valley close to the Pakistan border in Kunar. Photo by Adam Dean/Panos

Essay/
History
What Mortimer did

A diplomat in British India blundered a border. The consequences continue to shape world politics

Rafia Zakaria

Photo by Lana Slezic/Panos

Essay/
Gender
Clothes and daggers

British missionaries hated the sari; US feminists would ban the burqa. Why do empires care so much about women’s clothes?

Rafia Zakaria