I'm a freelance journalist and author based in the Middle East, and I'm currently in Amman, Jordan.
I write about culture, urban life, human rights, religion, and food. My work includes everything from short dispatches and profiles to longform features. My work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Roads and Kingdoms, and on the BBC. I've reported features from Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. I speak English, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, and Punjabi.
In 2014, I published my first novel Karachi, You're Killing Me! (Penguin Random House India, 2014), which was adapted into an Indian feature film called Noor in 2017. I'm currently working on a non-fiction book - No Team of Angels (First Draft Publishing, forthcoming) - on the urban conflict in Karachi, Pakistan.
I received an International Reporting Project fellowship to report on gender and LGBTI rights in 2017; reporting from the fellowship appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Lenny. I studied Arabic at the Middlebury Language School’s Intensive Summer Program in 2016 as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. I was a Visiting Carnegie Fellow at New America’s National Security Program in Washington D.C. in 2014, where I researched and wrote a report about urban militancy in Pakistan.
You can reach me at saba[.]imtiaz[@]gmail[.]com or on Twitter @SabaImtiaz