Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

"I Am Malala": BANNED

In September, we posted about National Banned Books Week and how Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, has been banned since it was first published in 1852. We've also shared the story of young activist Malala Yousafzai, who - like Stowe - has shown the courage to speak out on injustices, using her voice to inspire action and lead a global movement. Also like Stowe, Malala is now a banned author.

Just last week, the Associated Press reported that Malala's book, I Am Malala, has been banned in Pakistani private schools. The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, led by president Adeeb Javedani, has banned the book in its 40,000 affiliated schools and is pushing that the government do the same in public schools. The organization is stating that Malala has become "a tool in the hands of the Western powers" and does not show respect for the Isalamic Prophet Muhammad. You can read the full article, Pakistani Private Schools Ban Malala's Book, by Zarar Khan HERE.

How do you view the response to I Am Malala? Should the book be censored in Pakistani schools? Share your reactions in the Comments section below. 

You can also read about Malala in our July 17, 2013 post "Malala: "ONE...can change the world."

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