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Sharmeen Akbani Gangat

Sharmeen Akbani Gangat is a commentator on issues pertaining but not limited to gender discrimination in film and Islam in American culture. 


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Islam: Religion of Peace or Violence?

Islam: Religion of Peace or Violence?

November 10, 2010

Pakistani American commentator Sharmeen Gangat explores how terrorists' vision of Islam is so vastly at odds with the Muslim tradition that nurtured her. More »

Benazir Bhutto: Uncensored and Unfettered

February 22, 2010

As a Pakistani American, the author has come to understand Benazir Bhutto over the years in different contexts. So she was surprised to discover fresh insights in a new documentary about the slain charismatic leader. More »

Yemeni Women Take Control of Their Lives in Brooklyn

January 6, 2010

Women from a country in the news for its dysfunction and poverty are reaching out to grasp economic opportunities in their new U.S. home, even as they stay true to traditional roots. More »

Fort Hood Tragedy: What Muslim Women Really Think

December 3, 2009

With the murders at Fort Hood, New York’s Muslim community, however unjustly, was on the defensive. The author explains how Muslim women are reacting. More »

Gender Discrimination in Filmmaking—Bollywood Style

October 13, 2009

Moviemaking styles may vary between Hollywood and Bollywood, but women working in the Indian commercial film industry have as difficult a time as their counterparts in the United States getting good roles and investment in their films. Director Zoya Akhtar takes a satiric look in Luck by Chance. More »

When Girls Come First

When Girls Come First

August 18, 2009

At a time when both arts and physical education classes are threatened with extinction due to school budget cutbacks, non-profit programs are all the more important, especially for underserved girls. More »

Will Healthcare Reform Be Fair to Immigrants?

July 28, 2009

For reform to work, argues the author, it must fully include immigrant communities, whose members already struggle to afford decent medical care in the United States. More »