I Am Malala

Khushal Yousafzai Character Analysis

Malala’s younger brother Khushal is a minor character in the book. He isn’t especially close with Malala, and attends school in another town for much of the time when Malala is becoming involved in politics. In one of the only major interactions between Khushal and Malala shown in the book, Khushal expresses his desire to stay home from school, and Malala angrily rebuffs him—he should feel lucky to learn, she insists.
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Khushal Yousafzai Character Timeline in I Am Malala

The timeline below shows where the character Khushal Yousafzai appears in I Am Malala. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: A Daughter Is Born
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...time with them. Hospitality, Malala explains, is a crucial part of her culture. Malala’s brother, Khushal, is named after their father’s school, which he attends. Her youngest brother, Atal, is seven... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Clever Class
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...Malala’s home was suddenly very crowded. She quarreled with her visiting cousins and her brother, Khushal, almost constantly. At the end of 2008, Fazlullah's deputy made a sudden announcement: Ziauddin’s girls’... (full context)
Chapter 14: A Funny Kind of Peace
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In early 2009, the schools in Swat reopen. Because he’s a boy, Khushal is still allowed to attend classes, but he values education less highly than Malala, and... (full context)
Chapter 22: Journey into the Unknown
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While Malala is placed in intensive care, Ziauddin worries about the danger to his sons, Khushal and Atal. Ziauddin has received threats to his sons from the Taliban before—threats that he’d... (full context)