Rozina Ali

Type Media Center Fellow

Rozina Ali is a fellow at Type Media Center, and a contributing writer at New York Times Magazine. Her reporting and essays on the Middle East, the War on Terror, and Islamophobia in the United States have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Guardian, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. She was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker from 2015 to 2019, and was previously a senior editor at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs based in Cairo, Egypt.


American Muslims Are in a Painful, Familiar Place

Type Media Center fellow Rozina Ali reflects on the parallels between the state of Islamophobia in the United States in the present day and in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The Deadly Red Tape of Israel’s Occupation in Palestine

Type Media Center fellow Rozina Ali details the vivid image painted by author Nathan Thrall in his book A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy, relaying how the recounting of a Jerusalem bus crash illustrates the impact of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’

Army Rangers killed her parents. A Marine is raising her in America. But her Afghan family says she was taken under false pretenses.

The Afghan Women Left Behind

After the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, a U.S. organization shut down the country’s largest network of women’s shelters. Its founders think that it made a huge mistake.

Could Engaging the Taliban Help Afghan Women?

Rozina Ali speaks with the New Yorker about her reporting from Afghanistan’s women’s shelters.

Poet Laureate of Nowhere: Solmaz Sharif Goes Through Customs

The poet Solmaz Sharif takes a certain pleasure from the scene at airports when flights are delayed and the people around her are frustrated and tired. “I have a sense of, ‘Welcome. Welcome to how I feel all the time,’” she told me this past December.

Lawful Carnage

Scholar Samuel Moyn and journalist Spencer Ackerman consider the inherent contradictions of the endless war on terrorism.

What Rashida Tlaib Represents

She changed the Israeli-Palestinian debate in Congress by reminding her colleagues of the human stakes. It’s a burden she would rather not carry.

The ISIS Beat​: Why Caliphate and Everyone Else Got It Wrong

We owe the countries we’ve invaded and bombed more than such a narrow lens of the world, a lens we’ve created.

The ‘Herald Square Bomber’ Who Wasn’t

After 9/11, U.S. authorities used informants to secure hundreds of terror convictions. But did they help create plots where none existed?

Rewriting the Story of the Palestinian Radical

In “Against the Loveless World,” Susan Abulhawa presents a tale that has less to do with ideology than with the way love binds us to land.

Essential Business

Keeping the Bronx fed in the midst of a pandemic.

The Iraq War Paved the Way for Coronavirus Catastrophe

In early April, a video of an elderly woman in what looks to be a makeshift isolation ward in Iraq circulated widely on WhatsApp.

A Hunger Strike in ICE Detention

Ajay Kumar, an asylum seeker from India, went on a hunger strike to protest the “animal-like treatment” he faced in ice custody.

It’s Time for the Democratic Candidates to Talk About the Muslim Ban

Trump’s policy is no longer in the spotlight, but the ban on visitors from Muslim-majority countries is still separating American families.

The Kashmiri Narrative

For many Kashmiris, the media’s persistent focus on the India-Pakistan binary misses a key part of the story.

Forty Thousand Syrian Refugees Remain Trapped In A U.S.-Created No Man’s Land

The United Nations, ostensibly the only international organization that can provide aid to people in Rukban, is beholden to states that have little incentive to help the people living there.

Marijuana Comes to Coalinga

One struggling town in California has relied on oil and prisons to revive its economy. Now it’s turning to marijuana.