MEDIA AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP
My public scholarship includes editorial essays, media interviews, and digital content for mainstream US media, Pakistani media, and feminist media organizations. Here are selected works.
MUSLIM ACTIVISTS SUCCESSFULLY LOBBY AGAINST COMMODITIZATION OF ISLAM
From Teen Vogue July 7, 2020
Excerpt from interview with Teen Vogue: "The history of this issue has been swept under the rug...There is a meaning attached to the Kaaba. But it is getting reduced as an abstract black box in the middle of an ‘oriental’ carpet without prior knowledge or context,” Durrani said. That lack of context comes as Muslims face rising vitriol in America, during a time when their religion is increasingly politicized."
ON PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP AND DEBATE
From November 2020 Diggit Magazine
Featured Interview with Jan Blommaert; "Profoundly influenced by decolonial and feminist theory, she had been addressing issues of Muslim identity and its representations in a global perspective, concentrating - among other topics - on the predicament of Pakistani students in home as well as US institutions in the wake of the 9/11 'War on Terror'. Mariam doesn't just use conventional academic channels to communicate her views, but invests substantial efforts in a multimodal communication strategy, in which blogs, podcasts, social media and visual materials play an important role."