Education officials say memoir does not show enough respect for Islam and accuse teenager of being a tool of the west: The Guardian
Pakistani education officials say they have banned teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across the country, claiming it does not show enough respect for Islam and calling her a tool of the west.
Malala attracted global attention last year when the Taliban shot her in the head in north-west Pakistan for criticising the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education. Her profile has risen since then, and she released a memoir in October, I Am Malala, co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb.
Malik Siraj Akbar in The Huffington Post
Salman Rushdie and his controversial 1988 novel The Satanic Verses have ignited a series of fresh zealous discussions in Pakistan, a country known for its love for conspiracy theories and controversies. We vividly remember books, such as The Satanic Verses and movies like The Innocence of Muslims that sparked violent protests in Pakistan, as well as in many other Islamic countries, where the Muslims insisted that the book and the movie had separately insulted Prophet Muhammad.
Pakistan’s stringent blasphemy laws recommend the death sentence for anyone who insults Muhammad. Read more
Fatima Bhutto on Malala Yousafzai’s fearless and still-controversial memoir: The Guardian
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai’s fearless memoir, co-written with journalist Christina Lamb, begins on Malala’s drive home from school on the day she was shot in the head. “Who is Malala?” the young gunman who stopped the Khushal school van asked. None of the girls answered. But everyone in the valley knew who Malala was. Ten years old when the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan came to the beautiful Swat Valley, once the home of ancient Buddhist kings, 11 years old by the time she had established herself as an international advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan, Malala was targeted by the Taliban for “spreading secularism”.