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Highlights from biographer Deborah Baker's talk in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2011. (10 min., 14 sec.)
A Convert's Tale of Exile and Extremism
Deborah Baker recounts how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant voices of Islam's argument with the West. more

Photo of the Day: He Loves Anna

A supporter of Indian activist Anna Hazare waves the national flag on the first day of Hazare's three-day fast at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority recreation ground in Mumbai on December 27, 2011. more
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain made headlines for the wrong reasons with his "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan" line. (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

2011: On the U.S. Campaign Trail, a Deficit of Diplomacy

Fire and brimstone foreign policy rhetoric may play well for some on the campaign trail, but such talk is dangerous, writes Debra Eisenman. more
Yingluck Sinawatra may be following in the footsteps of her brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but had her own career as a successful businesswoman before she became the country's first female prime minister. (Flickr/Ratchaprasong 2)

Vishakha Desai: Female Politicians in Asia Making it on Merit

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai writes that unlike in the past, female politicians in Asia today are increasingly entering politics on their own merits rather than relying on family ties. more
Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated on a CH-60 Blackhawk in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Sept. 13, 2010. Photo By Joshua Kruger. (Flickr/DVIDSHUB)

Hassan Abbas: 'How Obama Can Fix U.S.-Pakistani Relations'

In an article for Foreign Affairs, Asia Society's senior advisor offers some advice to U.S. President Barack Obama. more
Young Pakistani students sit after being rescued following a police raid on Madrassa Zakarya in Karachi late on December 12, 2011. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Children in Chains: Pakistan's Madrassa Scandal

Twitter reacts to the news of at least 50 chained-up students recovered from a religious seminary in Karachi. more
Locally developed character Baji in "Sim Sim Hamara," Pakistan's Urdu-language version of "Sesame Street." (Reuters Photo/

Muppets Speak a New Language on Sim Sim Hamara, the Sesame Street of Pakistan

Elmo comes to Pakistan in Sim Sim Hamara, the Urdu-language version of Sesame Street. more
Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

History Lessons From Karbala

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas examines the misconceptions surrounding the Muslim observance of Ashura and why terrorists and extremists like al-Qaeda and the Taliban often attack Ashura-related gatherings. more
Veena Malik on the cover (cropped) of the December 2011 issue of FHM India. (

Pakistan: Starlet, Skin and Spies Add Up to Scandal

Pakistani actress Veena Malik sparks controversy with a provocative nude cover for Indian magazine. more
American edition of The Convert by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press, 2011).

Interview: Deborah Baker's 'Convert' Presents a Life of Exile and Extremism

Deborah Baker on why she wrote about an unusual American convert to Islam. more