Case Study for Global Studies

Directions for Case Study Brief #2

This assignment is divided into 2 parts. Make sure the two parts are clearly labelled and easily distinguished from one another. Part 1 consists of a set of factual questions that I want you to answer using complete sentences. Your responses should be short and concise. You must answer ALL the questions in Part 1 Please clearly number your responses to each of the questions.. Part 2 asks you to take a position and to create an argument that weighs the evidence available to you in the articles presented. This is the essay part of the brief. Here you choose ONE among the various choices of questions available. The total brief, including the short answers in Part 1, should be no more than 4 double-spaced pages.

Please use a standard font and typeface no smaller than 10 point and no larger than 12 point, with 1 inch margins all around).

Part 1 (answer each question)

  1. How is Malala’s father’s attitude toward his daughter’s birth different from the usual response to the birth of a daughter in the Yousafzai’s part of Pakistan?
  2. Please identify each of the following and briefly explain why they are important to Malala: a) Malalai of Maiwand; b) Mohammed Ali Jinnah; c) Benazir Bhutto.
  3. Is Malala’s mother, Toor Pekai, a traditional Pakistani Muslim woman of her generation and class? In what ways? Does she deviate from tradition in any ways? For what reasons?
  4. Why is Malala’s family suspicious of the army/government after Malala is shot?

Part 2 (pick one question to address in your brief).

  1. In some parts of Pakistan, Malala is not considered a hero at all but is seen as someone who has brought shame and disgrace on Pakistan. Write an essay explaining why “I am not Malala” might be a popular Pakistani book title.
  2. What is Malala’s vision for equal access to education as outlined in the book? How does it evolve over the course of the book?
  3. Malala has said in several places that she does not want to be known as the girl who was shot by the Taliban but as the girl who stood up for education. What’s the difference? After all, both phrases are used in the subtitle of her book.
  4. Malala considers herself a devout Muslim. Explore how she places her ideas about women’s empowerment in the context of Islam.
  5. Considering what you’ve learned about Pakistan from Malala’s book and what you’ve learned from class materials about gender in development, in what ways do you think girls’ education would change Pakistan. 

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