Zainab Khawaja

Zainab Khawaja

Is currently studying BS Public Administration at NUST Business School and enjoys history, literature and politics. She is an avid reader and has been blogging for two years. She blogs at zainabkhawaja.wordpress.com/ and tweets @zainabkhawaja92 (twitter.com/zainabkhawaja92)

My university, NUST, grooms to minimise differences

The dress code at NUST (National University of Science & Technology) has cooked up quite a storm and as a student at the prestigious institution, this is what I have to say: “It was an overreaction.” The match that struck the flame was an image of a student fine notice stuck to a bulletin board at the university. This image, detailing what the students were being fined for, went viral. I admit that the grammar used in the notice was less than satisfactory including the terms ‘wearing tight’, ‘no dopata’ and so forth; but this error has been unfairly used to ...

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You poor, oppressed hijabi!

I started wearing a headscarf in grade two. I was six years old, and while many may find this difficult to believe, the decision was entirely my own. Yes, I was raised in a family that was in tune with its religious identity, and my mother covered her hair. No, I was not forced/blackmailed into wearing a scarf. My father didn’t do anything either, for those who are thinking he probably pressurised my mom behind the scenes, since the stereotype says all Muslim men oppress their women. I was raised in the US. Until grade three, I went to a public school, ...

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