Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

I Am Malala

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I Am Malala Chapters 9-11 Summary & Analysis

Part 2: The Valley of Death

Chapter 9 Summary: Radio Mullah

The Taliban came to Malala’s area when she was ten. “These were strange-looking men with long straggly hair and beards and camouflage vests over their shalwar kamiz” (111). Their leader, Maulana Fazlullah, joined them. “In the beginning Fazlullah was very wise. He introduced himself as an Islamic reformer and an interpreter of the Quran” (112). He and a deputy began preaching on a radio station, which Malala’s family listened to. Unfortunately, the conversations moved away from sounding reasonable to denouncing much of what the valley inhabitants did. “They warned people to stop listening to music, watching movies and dancing. Sinful acts like these had caused the earthquake, Fazlullah thundered, and if people didn’t stop they would again invite the wrath of God” (113).

Shortly after the warnings, people begin throwing away their DVDs, CDs, and TVs. Malala’s father despairs over people beginning to listen and like Fazlullah. “One of as a kind of Robin Hood” (115). Malala’s father’s friend warns that the Taliban would pretend to be nice before they too behaved like criminals.

Fazlullah targets women with his speeches, but Malala sees a discrepancy in his words. “I was confused by Fazlullah’s words. In the Holy Quran it is not written that men should go outside and women should work all day in the home” (116). Despite the discrepancy, people send him money. He soon builds a large headquarters. Each village is required to send men for a day to help build it. One of the teachers at the school soon leaves to build. When he comes back, he refuses to teach girls. “My father tried to change his mind. ‘I agree that female teachers should educate girls,’ he said. ‘But first we need to educate our girls so they can become teachers” (118).

Women are no longer allowed to shop. Although the Taliban would not attack women in the market, they yell and threaten…

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