Living with Change: Pakistanis face inflation in everyday life

The Ellahis have been artisans in gold jewellery for generations, tracing their craft back to the time of the Mughals. What was once their primary source of income today fails to sustain their family due to the recent instability in the dollar.

(Dawn, February 2019)

Queer Pakistani artists disrupt borders in artwork

“What does it look like when queer and trans people in Pakistan, or in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen or Iran — these places which have been under Western imperialism — what happens when the queers rise up?”

The Strippers' Strike: An Interview with Siobhan Brooks

Sociologist Siobhan Brooks discusses the New York City Strippers' Strike, her experience organizing the first unionized strip club in the US, and racism in sex work.

(Verso Books, June 2018)

The Legacy of the Real Black Panther, Huey P. Newton 

While history remembers Huey the prisoner or Huey the armed soldier, it often erases Huey the scholar from the narrative.

(Playboy, February 2018)

How Young Brits Took Down the U.K.'s Version of Donald Trump 

"On the 21st of January, there was the Women's March. And these protests are big. And they're separate from the organized left. That's why you saw so many homemade placards."

(GOOD Magazine, October 2017)

Illustrations that capture the changing face of Iran 

"It's not just the landscape of my city that's changing," Beeta Baghoolizadeh says. "It's my personal landscape as well." 

(Huck Magazine, March 2018)

What Trump's win means for Pakistani-Americans 

On the night of the election, 15-year-old Sophia Qureshi woke up to her parents calling the police to report a break-in. She switched on the lights in her room to find glass shards everywhere. The window in her room had been broken.

(Dawn, January 2017)

On Trump, Parades and What It Means to Be An Eagles Fan This Week

But traditions are meant to be broken. And Philadelphia, the city that the Eagles represent, testifies that ages-long American tradition of breaking traditions.

(Playboy, February 2018) 

Debts of Blood: My Trips to Pakistan and Back

The people I encountered in Pakistan always approached my attachment to the country as a curiosity. While I was trying to get in, they were trying to get out.

(The Islamic Monthly, September 2017)

Swet Shop Boys are forging a new cultural reflection of Desis

The "Aaja" music video combines the traditional power of qawwali with American-style cool.

(Media Diversified, April 2017)

Muslim students fear for their futures in Trump's America

“There was a protest yesterday at the airport and I didn’t go to that. I thought, what if something happens?”

(Dawn, March 2017)





Iman Sultan is a Pakistani-American writer and journalist, who covers politics and culture. She grew up in Philadelphia with frequent trips back to her ancestral hometown of Karachi. Her work has appeared in Playboy, The Islamic Monthly, Dawn, and GOOD Magazine. While Sultan’s writing encompasses reportage, criticism, personal narrative, and fiction, she dabbles in photography and video as well. Keep up with what she’s doing on Twitter and Instagram, and say hi to her here.


Sultan in Cairo, Egypt in winter 2018. (Photo credit: Amina Masood.)