Maryam Arain

Maryam Arain
Maryam graduated from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a Master’s in Post/Colonial Studies. She is also a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she studied History modified with African and African American Studies with a minor in Gender Studies.

Prejudice plays out in history: A review of JT Roger’s Blood and Gifts

When entering Timeline, patrons instantly feel immersed in a world of history and theatricality. In their current production, Blood and Gifts, the audience must climb through metal scaffolding to reach their seats. The walls are adorned with maps of Afghanistan, biographies and portraits of figures like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and William Casey, and historical synopses of the Cold War. Furthermore,...

Contextualizing #MyJihad: A jihadi’s response to Amitai Etzioni

Last week, Amitai Etzioni published an article in the Huffington Post critiquing the #MyJihad ad campaign, a series of ads that aim to reclaim the Arabic word jihad and have been posted on buses and in metro stations across Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco. Etzioni made some critical points in his article by demonstrating that Islam is no more violent...

V-Day and the rise of orientalist feminisms in America

I will never forget the first time I saw a performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. My sister had invited my entire family to see her participate in her college’s rendition of the critically acclaimed play. I left the performance feeling invigorated, empowered and inspired, completely ignoring all of the many legitimate criticisms that my pious Muslim mother attempted...




United States




Human Rights

Editors' Picks