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Time Perception – BBC World

By | May 15th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Culture, Pakistan|Tags: , , , |

Mike Williams asks why some weeks just fly by but sometimes minutes can seem like hours? Why do we perceive time differently in different circumstances? Mike talks to Pakistani writer and broadcaster Raza Rumi, Claudia Hammond, author of "Time Warped", David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at the Baylor College of Medicine [...]

On Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Arts & Culture, History, Pakistan, South Asian Art, SouthAsia|Tags: , , , , , |

C.M. Naim's, A Professor Emiretus had shared this some months ago: "What an extraordinary man he was. Iftikhar Alam Sahib has been publishing books about him -- about his little known aspects, the kind of things that our buqrat in Urdu departments never think to write about and our social [...]

The party line

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: books, History, Pakistan, Poetry, Published in The Friday Times|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My exclusive interview for the Friday Times with Kamran Asdar Ali about his book and the history of the Pakistani left Your book employs an interdisciplinary approach with literary texts playing a major part. What were the key reasons for adopting such a hybrid approach? As I am trained as [...]

Media in the Cross Hairs: Militants continue to Target Journalists in Pakistan

By | April 7th, 2016|Categories: Extremism, Pakistan, Published in CIMA, SouthAsia, terrorism|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Despite the commitments of the Pakistan government to protect journalists, media freedoms remain endangered in the country. Pakistani journalists continue to struggle with the threats posed by violent extremists who consider media to be a legitimate target. In fact, extremists often target the media because it ensures that they will get publicity in the form of coverage. […]

My interview with Ithaca Times, U.S.

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Culture, Pakistan, terrorism|Tags: , , , , , |

Recently I was interviewed by Ithaca Times, USA. Here is the text: The Ithaca Times sat down with Rumi to talk about his work—in past, present, and future—the state of Pakistan, and his impressions of the United States so far. Ithaca Times:You took an unorthodox path into journalism. Tell us [...]

My interview with Interfaith Radio, DC

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Peace, Personal|Tags: , , , , |

On Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

By | April 21st, 2016|Arts & Culture, History, Pakistan, South Asian Art, SouthAsia|

C.M. Naim's, A Professor Emiretus had shared this some months ago: "What an extraordinary man he was. Iftikhar Alam Sahib has been publishing books about him -- about his little known aspects, the kind of [...]

The party line

By | April 15th, 2016|books, History, Pakistan, Poetry, Published in The Friday Times|

My exclusive interview for the Friday Times with Kamran Asdar Ali about his book and the history of the Pakistani left Your book employs an interdisciplinary approach with literary texts playing a major part. What [...]

Midnight’s furies

By | December 18th, 2015|History, Pakistan, Published in The Friday Times, SouthAsia|

The violent process of Partition remains a highly contested domain in the study of history. Raza Rumi examines various histories of Partition in the light of arguments from three recent books on the blood-stained events [...]

Islam and the Cold War baroque

By | August 14th, 2015|Extremism, History, Published in The Friday Times|

When “empire” strikes back, but the Force remains strong – in the arts and academia of contemporary Muslim countries. I spared with Sadia Abbas As the world moves into a maddening phase of Islam versus [...]

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The party line

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: books, History, Pakistan, Poetry, Published in The Friday Times|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My exclusive interview for the Friday Times with Kamran Asdar Ali about his book and the history of the Pakistani left Your book employs an interdisciplinary approach with literary texts playing a major part. What [...]

A twist in the tale

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: books, Delhi By Heart, governance, Journalism, Pakistan, Published by Earthen Lamp Journal|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  My Interview conducted by Abdullah Khan for Earthen Lamp Journal: ELJ: Tell us something about your journey from being a civil servant to a journalist and then to a writer of non-fiction books. RR: [...]

In memoriam: Writers like Intizar Husain never die, they live on in their words and ideas

By | February 4th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Culture, books, Culture, Pakistan, published in DAWN, South Asian Literature|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In celebrating his pluralistic literary roots, Intizar Husain was a truly contemporary writer. Intizar Husain, the last of great Urdu writers, passed away yesterday at the age of 92. He'd been hospitalized for some time [...]

Dear Infidel: The Dilemma of British Muslims

By | October 28th, 2015|Categories: Arts & Culture, books, Pakistan, Published in Huffingtonpost, Religion|Tags: , , , , , |

I was a student in the United Kingdom when The Satanic Verses - the controversial novel by Salman Rushdie - created pandemonium across the globe. Images of the book being burnt were flashed across the [...]

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My interview with Interfaith Radio, DC

By | April 4th, 2016|Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Peace, Personal|

Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

By | February 18th, 2016|Blasphemy, Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Published in Islamic Commentary, Religion, terrorism|

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMi Commentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016: In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke [...]

Mumtaz Qadri – Salman Taseer- Blasphemy it was not

By | October 30th, 2015|education, Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Published in The Friday Times, Religion, terrorism|

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri – the policeman who murdered former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in January 2011 for an alleged act of ‘blasphemy’. I analysed the implications. The [...]

Bridging the Divides: Muslims in Europe

By | September 11th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Islam, Published in Huffingtonpost|

Islam is 'incompatible' with Western civilization is what we hear at the start of a new film Journey into Europe that looks at the much-hyped dilemma in much of Western Europe. The film deals with [...]

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Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

February 18th, 2016|Blasphemy, Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Published in Islamic Commentary, Religion, terrorism|

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMi Commentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016: In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke [...]

Mumtaz Qadri – Salman Taseer- Blasphemy it was not

October 30th, 2015|education, Extremism, Islam, Pakistan, Published in The Friday Times, Religion, terrorism|

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri – the policeman who murdered former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in January 2011 for an alleged act of ‘blasphemy’. I analysed the implications. The [...]

Dear Infidel: The Dilemma of British Muslims

October 28th, 2015|Arts & Culture, books, Pakistan, Published in Huffingtonpost, Religion|

I was a student in the United Kingdom when The Satanic Verses - the controversial novel by Salman Rushdie - created pandemonium across the globe. Images of the book being burnt were flashed across the [...]

Negotiating Freedom of Expression

July 23rd, 2015|Blasphemy, Extremism, Islam, Published in CIMA, Religion, terrorism|

The unresolved debate on freedom of expression was reignited when Islamic militants killed 14 staffers of French magazine Charlie Hebdo last January, ostensibly for the cartoons that offended Muslim sentiments. Earlier this year, two secular [...]

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A message from Nizamudddin Dargah

March 27th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Sufism, Sufism and Sufi poetry|

I have never met Marta but the attachment to Nizamuddin Dargah has bound us for years. Yesterday I got this email and beautiful photographs from Marta Irene. Marta herself suffered a major accident in recent years and survived. Human connections… RR     […]

Why fanatics of today would not have spared Kabir

September 29th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Culture, India, Pakistan, Peace, Poetry, Published in Daily O, SouthAsia, Sufi poetry, Sufism, Sufism and Sufi poetry, Travel|

The murders of rationalists and threats to writers, negate what was achieved through centuries of cross-cultural exchange and intellectually robust reformist movements. "Friend You had one life And you blew it" Encountering Kabir in Ithaca, [...]

Militancy in Sindh: End of our plural culture?

February 3rd, 2015|Extremism, Pakistan, Published in Daily Capital, Religion, Sufism, terrorism|

The recent carnage in Shikarpur has come as a shock for many Pakistanis. Rural Sindh, invisible from the view of Punjab and Karachi obsessed media rarely makes news unless there is a major political rally [...]

Farzana Parveen and the death of the state

June 1st, 2014|Extremism, human rights, Islam, Lahore, Minorities, Pakistan, Published in the Express Tribune, Religion, Sufism, terrorism, women|

Farzana’s brutal murder represents all that is wrong with us. It has become a useless routine to condemn the most ghastly acts of violence and injustice in Pakistan. For many, these are daily occurrences and [...]

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Why fanatics of today would not have spared Kabir

September 29th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Culture, India, Pakistan, Peace, Poetry, Published in Daily O, SouthAsia, Sufi poetry, Sufism, Sufism and Sufi poetry, Travel|

The murders of rationalists and threats to writers, negate what was achieved through centuries of cross-cultural exchange and intellectually robust reformist movements. "Friend You had one life And you blew it" Encountering Kabir in Ithaca, [...]

Delhi by heart, In An Antique Land

March 28th, 2014|books, Delhi By Heart, South Asian Literature, Travel|

Another review on my book "Delhi By Heart" appeared in Outlook Magazine India. By Venky Vembu In his novel The Shadow Lines, Amitav Ghosh writes of the imagined cartographic lines that divide people in the Indian [...]

Writing from the Heart

March 15th, 2014|books, Delhi By Heart, Published in South Asia Magazine, Rumi, South Asian Literature, tourism, Travel|

What a Lovely Review on my book "Delhi by Heart" published  in South Asia Magazine! By Tariq Bashir Delhi by Heart is a passionate rendition of a great city’s story steeped in history and rich [...]

Rumi’s Dilli

September 10th, 2013|Arts & Culture, India, South Asian Literature, Travel|

Here is a wonderful review of my book in India's Frontline magazine The Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi is both an insider and an outsider as he explores the trail of Sufism to the shrine of [...]

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Time Perception – BBC World

By | May 15th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Pakistan|

Mike Williams asks why some weeks just fly by but sometimes minutes can seem like hours? Why do we perceive time differently in different circumstances? Mike talks to Pakistani writer and broadcaster Raza Rumi, Claudia [...]

On Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

By | April 21st, 2016|Arts & Culture, History, Pakistan, South Asian Art, SouthAsia|

C.M. Naim's, A Professor Emiretus had shared this some months ago: "What an extraordinary man he was. Iftikhar Alam Sahib has been publishing books about him -- about his little known aspects, the kind of [...]

The party line

By | April 15th, 2016|books, History, Pakistan, Poetry, Published in The Friday Times|

My exclusive interview for the Friday Times with Kamran Asdar Ali about his book and the history of the Pakistani left Your book employs an interdisciplinary approach with literary texts playing a major part. What [...]

Media in the Cross Hairs: Militants continue to Target Journalists in Pakistan

By | April 7th, 2016|Extremism, Pakistan, Published in CIMA, SouthAsia, terrorism|

  Despite the commitments of the Pakistan government to protect journalists, media freedoms remain endangered in the country. Pakistani journalists continue to struggle with the threats posed by violent extremists who consider media to be a legitimate target. In fact, extremists often target the media because it ensures that they will get publicity in the form of coverage. […]

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