• Pakistani artists play at a Sindhi musical event.
    Theater of the Repressed

    Prompted by actor Faran Tahir’s lecture on theater and dictatorships, Bina Shah argues that only the arts can free Pakistan from terrorism and intolerance.

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    On Self-Censorship

    A blank page in Pakistan’s International Herald Tribune leads columnist Bina Shah on a quest to discover what was censored and why.

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    A Distorted Picture

    Searching for truth in media hyperbole. In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled, Bina Shah takes the media to task for their portrayals of Pakistan, including in the reporting of the Gaza-Israel conflict.

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    Five Days in China

    Bina Shah writes about her recent trip to China and about the perils and uncertainties of having your work translated in a restrictive environment.

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    Testing Boundaries

    “Is freedom of speech incompatible with the values that Muslims hold? Does art have its limits in the Muslim world?” In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled author Bina Shah focuses on The Innocence of Muslims and its effect on the Muslim world.

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  • Anti-'Satanic Verses' Demonstration – London
    On Libricide

    Writer Bina Shah recounts her experiences with blasphemy laws, from the fatwa placed on Salman Rushdie to the current persecution of Christians living in Pakistan, and her own wrestling with these policies as both a writer and Muslim.

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    Manto: The Literary Voice of a Nation

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Bina Shah profiles Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who faced obscenity charges in Pakistan during his lifetime. After decades of being marginalized, Manto’s work is now recognized as “the literary voice of a nation.”

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