“I Don’t Feel It Is A Story About Me At All”: I Am Malala and the Constructed Image of Women in the Muslim World

I was invited to participate in Shepherd University’s Common Reading Series that explored Malala Yousafzai’s memoir I Am Malala.  This yearlong series of events included my lecture that asks participants to examine their view of women in the Muslim world.  I hope you find the lecture interesting, provocative, infuriating, etc.  As always, I am interested in your thoughts.

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  1. You mentioned that a woman’s choice (to wear the veil) is not even considered in the discussion, and that intrigues me. I have no doubt that many would veil if given the choice, but I wonder how many would choose not to do so. People everywhere are shunned and ridiculed for unpopular decisions, but, I think, none more so than the women of Islam. How much choice do they really have? Ultimately, I believe the end of the veil–as a rule, not as a choice–should come from men, not from women, because I also believe veiling indicates the weakness of men rather than women. The latter is the essentialist narrative which you addressed.

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