“Save the Muslim Girl!” Part III

This was written by Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall, and originally appeared in Rethinking Schools Online. Part I & Part II ran earlier this week.Learning a Stereotype Lesson #3: Muslim Girls and Women Want To Be Saved by the WestFor many in the West, the plight of Afghanistan is framed exclusively within a post 9/11, U.S.-led “war on terror.” While radical women’s organizations like RAWA have condemned brutality against women in Afghanistan for decades, their voices were absent, and … [Read more...]

“Save the Muslim Girl!” Part II

This was written by Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall, and originally appeared in Rethinking Schools Online. You can read Part I here.Learning a Stereotype Lesson #2: Veiled = OppressedGendered violence in Middle Eastern countries, or the threat of it, organizes many of the books’ plots. With few exceptions, the “good” civilized men in the girl’s family are taken from her. In Under the Persimmon Tree, a brother and father are forced to join the Taliban as fighters, while in The Breadwin … [Read more...]

“Save the Muslim Girl!” Part I

This was written by Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall, and originally appeared at Rethinking Schools Online.Does popular young adult fiction about Muslim girls build understanding or reinforce stereotypes?Young adult titles that focus on the lives of Muslim girls in the Middle East, written predominantly by white women, have appeared in increasing numbers since Sept. 11, 2001. A short list includes Deborah Ellis’s trilogy The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, and Mud City; Suzanne Fisher Sta … [Read more...]


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