“Purifying the Land of the Pure” Author Farahnaz Ispahani interview to NewsX

Pakistani journalist Farahnaz Ispahani spoke to NewsX ahead of the launch of her book, 

“Purifying the Land of the Pure”.

The book tells the story of the atrocities against minorities in Pakistan.

 Farahnaz Ispahani, a former advisor to president Asif Ali Zardari, former member of Pakistan Parliament and an active Human Rights advocate, has detailed how minorities are being persecuted in India.


Farahnaz’s book talks about the minorities in Pakistan – a rare book in many ways. 

In her book, she has detailed about how minorities are being persecuted and why she sees less minorities than ever before in Pakistan. 

Link to Farahnaz Ispahani latest interview on NewsX

Author Farahnaz Ispahani with her book in a book shop

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Farahnaz Ispahani is a Global Fellow, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. She is the author of the recently published book "Purifying the Land of the Pure: The History of Pakistan's Religious Minorities. Oxford University Press, 2017. Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani has been a leading voice for women and religious minorities in Pakistan for the past twenty five years, first as a journalist, then as a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, and most recently as a scholar based in the United States. An advocate of Pakistan’s return to democracy during the military regime of Pervez Musharraf, she served as a spokesperson and international media coordinator for the Pakistan People’s Party, working alongside the late Benazir Bhutto. During her tenure in parliament (2008–2012), she was a member of the Human Rights Committee and the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. In 2013–2014, she served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she completed a book on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. In 2012, she was listed among Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, as well as Newsweek Pakistan’s Top 100 Women Who Matter. During her fellowship, Ms. Ispahani is exploring women’s political participation in the Muslim world, both in terms of their progress toward gender equality under democratic systems and the converse rise of women as agents of extremist propaganda within the world of the Islamic State. FARAHNAZ ISPAHANI is Senior Fellow, South and South East Asia Action Team at Religious Freedom Institute also.

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