Fawzia Afzal-Khan

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Fawzia Afzal-Khan
ResidenceNew Jersey, United States
EducationDoctor of Philosophy
Alma materTufts University
EmployerMontclair State University
Known forLahore with Love (memoir)

Originally from Pakistan, Fawzia Afzal-Khan (Urdu: فوزیہ افضل خان) is a professor of English and director of Women and Gender Studies Program[1] at Montclair State University. Afzal-Khan received her BA from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan, and her MA and PhD. in English Literature from Tufts University.[2] A University Distinguished Professor,[3] Afzal-Khan was awarded The "Excellence in Public Life Award" by the American Muslim Alliance in 2008.[4] Afzal-Khan also serves on the editorial board of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.[5]

Scholarly work[edit]

Author of three monographs[6] and two edited volumes,[7] Afzal-Khan has published extensively in academic journals as well as in newspapers[8] and on public blogs[9] on issues related to postcolonal studies, feminism, and political Islam.[10]

Memoir: Lahore with Love[edit]

Afzal-Khan's memoir, Lahore with Love: Growing up with Girlfriends Pakistani Style, was published in 2010 by Syracuse University Press. The memoir was immediately received as a fine contribution to the women's rights issues in Pakistan.[11] The first edition contained commending blurbs from prominent authors and scholars: Nawal El Saadawi called it a "beautiful memoir which challenges stereotypes, universal fanatic fundamentalism and religious, political, and sexual taboos" and Henry Louis Gates Jr. found it to be a memoir that "weaves together memory and desire to create a tale that is marvelously compelling and endlessly entertaining, at once poignantly personal and richly political."[12]
However, despite its positive reception, the book was soon dropped by Syracuse University Press due to fear of a lawsuit by a prominent Pakistani woman.[citation needed]

The cancellation of the book by an academic press for fear of a lawsuit became an important issue in the academic circles.[13] Since the cancellation of the book, various academics, writers, and editors have supported Afzal-Khan in her right to free speech.[14] In an editorial, Richard Schechner and Katherine Lieder of The Drama Review castigated the Syracuse University Press for not standing up for the rights of free speech of one of their own authors.[15]
Afzal-Khan has now published the memoir independently through the Amazon publishing platform.[16] Just recently, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies has also published a special cluster of articles about the book[17] along with an interview[18] with Afzal-Khan about the controversy.Pakistaniaat had earlier to published an interview with Fawzia, which was conducted by Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal.[19]


  1. ^ "Montclair State, Women and Gender Studies". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  2. ^ "WISE Muslim Women". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.montclair.edu/profilepages/view_profile.php?username=khanf/ Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Excellence in Public Service Award". American Muslim Alliance. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.pakistaniaat.org/about/displayMembership/150
  6. ^ Afzal-Khan, Fawzia (1993). Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel: Genre and Ideology in R. K. Narayan, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and Salman Rushdie. Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-271-03295-5.
  7. ^ Afzal-Khan, Fawzia (2004). Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out. New York: Olive Branch Press. p. 338. ISBN 978-1-56656-569-1.
  8. ^ Afzal-Khan, Fawzia. "Mullahs and music in Morocco". Express Tribune. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  9. ^ Afzal-Khan, Fawzia. "Author Page". The Pakistan Forum. Pakistaniaat. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Lahore With Love An affair to remember". Daily Times. 30 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  12. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/0815609248
  13. ^ Jaschik, Scott. "'Lahore With Love' – Without a Publisher". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  14. ^ Raja, Masood. "Statements in Support of Fawzia Afzal-Khan's Lahore with Love". Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. 2 (3): 122–136. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  15. ^ Schechner, Richard; Katherine Lieder (2011). "Shame on Syracuse University Press". The Drama Review. 55 (1): 7–12. doi:10.1162/dram_e_00044.
  16. ^ Afzal-Khan, Fawzia. "Lahore With Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani-Style". CreateSpace. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Pakistaniaat: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2011)". Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  18. ^ Stringer, Hillary (2011). "Lahore with Love Today: An Interview with Fawzia Afzal-Khan". Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. 3 (2). Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  19. ^ "Shattering the Stereotypes: An Interview with Fawzia Afzal-Khan". Retrieved 26 January 2013.

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