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Pakistan Schools Push to Ban ‘I Am Malala’

School officials in Pakistan have pushed to ban the book I Am Malala, an autobiographical account of surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban, written by teen education advocate Malala Yousafzai. Authorities representing thousands of schools in the country say that the book contains “content which is against our country’s ideology and Islamic values.” In the book, Malala, who is also a Muslim, advocates for women’s education and condemns radical Islamists who use violence to enforce their strict social rules. The book was also criticized by school officials for references to author Salman Rushdie, an author targeted by Islamists for writings perceived as blasphemous. According to an NBC News report, last week, the Taliban commander—whose own soldiers are believed to be behind Malala’s shooting—was officially named leader of the Pakistani Taliban …

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