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Khan to be recognized at capitol for human rights work
Dr. Nyla Ali Khan
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It was last Saturday that Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, a researcher and columnist for Red Dirt Report, was among 27 winners of the annual Oklahoma Human Rights Award ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol. This event was put on by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance and the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association.

And now, Khan is expected to be presented with a  citation from the State of Oklahoma by State Rep. Scott Inman (D-Del City), Minority Leader in the House of Representatives for the human rights award she was given on Saturday.

Said Khan: "Women's groups can ... pave the way for sustainable peace, universal human rights and security."

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan serves on the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She knows well the power of her pen. The writings and the books of this University of Oklahoma professor and granddaughter of a former Kashmiri prime minister are making headlines in both India and Pakistan.
Dr. Nyla Ali Khan is the author of four critically acclaimed books:
The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism, in which she critiques the nostalgic support of subversive elements by the affluent diaspora from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan examines the seminal spiritual and political role of women in Kashmir, while also highlighting the plight of Kashmir generally as a gnarled bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
A major anthology, The Parchment of Kashmir: History, Society, and Polity, develops an understanding of the region’s culture, resilience and fate as a political pawn.
Her fourth book, The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation, is on her maternal grandmother, Begum Akbar Jehan Abdullah. It was released in June 2014.
Dr. Khan's goal is to engage in reflective action as an educator working with diverse cultural and social groups questioning the exclusivity of cultural nationalism, the erosion of cultural syncretism, the ever-increasing dominance of religious fundamentalism, and the irrational resistance to cultural and linguistic differences.


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