It is time to get over the notion that not being lost in hatred is a sign of weakness or giving in. We are ready for another way of viewing strength and a fresh approach to improving life on this planet.
If Pakistan wants to be taken seriously within the international arena, it needs to consider serious educational reforms.
Composed of distinct peoples who have lived in separate enclaves for centuries, including Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, and Balochis, Pakistan is striving hard, though unsuccessfully, to forge a new national identity.
Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.
While Rushdie may not even know what he has actually done this time to outrage that country's conservative commentators, Malala Yousafzai has indeed landed in hot water for even mentioning The Satanic Verses only once in her recently released autobiography.
Some people think Islam bans girls' education and limits women's duty in society to the noble position of motherhood on the sidelines. That is wrong.
One way to help Malala and the girls she represents is for other Muslims to consistently object to barbarism from the mosques and minarets of Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and elsewhere.
Despite the atrocities of the Taliban, a twelve-year war, and struggles against gender-based violence, Joya spoke with me about why she refuses to relinquish her fight for a free Afghanistan.
Our collective narrative about leadership, both its traits and aesthetics, are profoundly gendered. As such, when we see a strong, smart woman leading, it is tempting and familiar to ascribe her success to gender alone.
Nearly one year ago, a teenage girl was shot by gunmen for defying a Taliban campaign to close schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Her name is Malala Yousafzai.
Thirteen years after world leaders committed to providing access to education to all primary-school-aged children by 2015, there are more than 57 million boys and girls out of school. Immediate action is needed, or there could be irreparable consequences.
People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.
By the grace of God, Malala survived, where many others have not. And she has emerged even more powerful, with a commitment to help girls worldwide to receive an education through MalalaFund.org.
I admire and respect Malala's journey. But this level of Western applause, this tendency to over-celebrate anybody from the East is all too familiar. It makes it clearer than ever that Yousufzai polarizes her global audience.
The essence of radical perspective on women -- and this is not a perspective specific to the extremists of the Muslim world -- is based on an understanding which considers women to be deficient both religiously and mentally.
Rather, is it not time to stop victimizing ourselves further and take her story to stand for something that is larger than our self-pitying mentalities?