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Alayna Ahmad
Alayna is studying Religious Studies at Harvard University. She read for a BSc
in International Politics at Brunel University and an MA in Intelligence and
Security at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS).
She is particularly interested in Islamic mysticism, female education and

Entries by Alayna Ahmad

Troubled Future for Education in Pakistan?

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:57 PM

The recently elected government of Pakistan must face many daunting challenges ahead, not limited to economic, political and social issues. Nonetheless, if Pakistan wants to be taken seriously within the international arena, it needs to consider serious educational reforms.

Pakistan guarantees educational rights for all children up to the...

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Politics in Pakistan -- Failed by the Feudal System

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:54 PM

The recent election in Pakistan was disappointing for former cricket legend Imran Khan, the charismatic candidate for hope and change. Winning around 35 out of 242 seats in Parliament, he came second in a large number of seats, but failed to overtake Nawaz Sharif's party machine. However, Khan will remain...

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The Muslim Jesus

(333) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 10:08 PM

The Christian world celebrates the resurrection of Jesus in the festival of Easter. For almost all Christians, Jesus is the Son of God who died to save mankind. Islam rejects this belief and views Jesus, also known as Isa, as a Prophet and the Messiah of the Israelites. So who...

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The Continuing Battle for Girls Education

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 2:38 PM

As we celebrate Women's History Month to remember and honor the great women who have influenced our lives, we have yet to think about the future of the next generation of women to come. Women and girls around the world need and deserve a just education which will nurture their...

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Are Muslim Women Really Second Class Citizens?

(107) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 5:34 PM

The Muslim world today is inundated with stereotypes and fallacies about women's role within society. Despite the Quran's clear promotion of women's rights in Islam, the interpretation of the Hadith and Quran by men has led to patriarchal structures and male dominated cultures. Ironically, Muslim women had more rights during...

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'I am Malala': TIME's Person Of The Year?

(20) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 7:43 PM

At this time of year, we tend to look for milestones and symbols to represent the achievements of 2012 and inevitably we hope for better things to come. One such symbol is Time Magazine's Person of the Year award for which nominations and voting have just closed. It is looking...

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Malala Yousafzai's Attempted Assassination: The War Against Intellectual Freedom

(9) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:57 PM

Malala Yousafzai has been flown to Britain yesterday for medical treatment in an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates royal family, their prompt generosity in stark contrast with the fundamentalist forces of extremist violence.

She is slowly recovering from a Taliban attempt to assassinate her for "promoting secular...

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