Kamran Asdar Ali


Kamran Asdar Ali teaches anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin.

Articles by this Author
Media Matters in Pakistan

A Letter Misaddressed

Benazir Bhutto, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West (New York: Harper Collins, 2008).

Pakistani Islamists Gamble on the General

In January 2002, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized control of the Pakistani government in a 1999 military coup, delivered a major address to the nation—and to the world at large. Mindful of Pakistan’s designation by the global media...

Pakistan's Dilemma

The Band Played On

On May 8, a bomb blast rocked central Karachi, killing at least 14 people, including a number of French nationals. This suicide bombing comes on the heels of the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, allegedly by...

Pakistan’s Troubled “Paradise on Earth”

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in areas of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as the army has launched ground operations and air raids to “eliminate and expel” the Islamist militant groups commonly...

A Country at a Crossroads

“A very frank discussion” -- so President Bush described his November 7 telephone conversation with Pervez Musharraf, four days after the Pakistani general imposed a state of emergency and dissolved the high court expected to rule his...

Modernization and Family Planning in Egypt

In the last decade, the Egyptian state in collaboration with international donor agencies has embarked on an ambitious population control program. According to this program, Egypt’s rapid population growth is the prime obstacle to the...

Mao in a Muslim Land

In the coming years, China is expected to invest some $18 billion in an “economic corridor” crossing Pakistan to the Arabian Sea at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The latest installment is the development of the Pakistani port of...

Barbara Harlow

I first met Professor Barbara Harlow (1948-2017) in the autumn of 1992, while conducting field research in Egypt, when she gave her talk at the American University in Cairo on her new book, Barred: Women, Writing and Political Detention...