Malala Yousafzai’s book I am Malala has been banned from several private schools in her homeland of Pakistan.
Malala was recently shot by the Taliban in the head because of her role as a teenage education activist. Her recovery was followed closerly around the world and she became infamous for her controversial, feminist statements. She was also rumored to be among those considered for the Nobel Peace Prize and would have been the youngest person to win the prize in its long history.
The 16 year old co-wrote the book with Christina Lamb, a British journalist she met in England where she now resides. Partly because her memoir was written with an English woman and partly because Malala is now hailed as a hero, she has received heat from the Taliban as well as other officials in Pakistan.
Malala’s memoir was further criticized by Kashif Mirza, the chairman of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation. According to the Associated Press Mirza viewed it as disrespectful to Islam and a Western influence.
The memoir was criticized for not using the abbreviation PBUH, Peace Be Upon Him, to supersede Prophet Muhammad’s name as is traditional in certain parts of the Muslim world. Malala was also criticized for adhering to Western ideas following her move to England.
Private schools, from which Malala’s book will be banned, educate children with the most means in Pakistan because of the decadent state of the public school system. The notable lack of her book in such schools is indicative of Pakistan’s changed views toward the activist, who was formerly considered to be a role model to children.