I Am Malala

Malauna Fazlullah Character Analysis

Malauna Fazlullah is an influential Muslim leader and one of the first outspoken advocates for the Taliban in Pakistan. At the beginning of his public career, Fazlullah bills himself as a moderate, calling for a balance of “Western” ways and Quran teachings. As the Taliban become more popular and influential, however, Fazlullah’s views grow more extreme. He began calling for women to wear their burqas at all times (see Symbols), and refrain from attending schools of any kind. By the time Malala turns ten, Fazlullah openly supports Taliban violence, including the murder of women who disobey his interpretation of Quranic law.

Malauna Fazlullah Quotes in I Am Malala

The I Am Malala quotes below are all either spoken by Malauna Fazlullah or refer to Malauna Fazlullah. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Back Bay Books edition of I Am Malala published in 2015.
Chapter 9 Quotes

In the beginning Fazlullah was very wise. He introduced himself as an Islamic reformer and an interpreter of the Quran. My mother is very devout, and to start with she liked Fazlullah. He used his station to encourage people to adopt good habits and abandon practices he said were bad.

Related Characters: Malauna Fazlullah
Page Number: 112
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Malauna Fazlullah Character Timeline in I Am Malala

The timeline below shows where the character Malauna Fazlullah appears in I Am Malala. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: Radio Mullah
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The Power of Education Theme Icon
Islam and Its Interpretations Theme Icon
Fame, Power, and the Importance of Role Models Theme Icon
...Pakistani standards. The leader of the Taliban in the area was a man named Maulana Fazlullah. At first, Fazlullah claimed to be a “reformer” of the Quran. He encouraged people to... (full context)
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As Malala grew up, Fazlullah continued to inspire the people in Swat. He called for increasingly severe changes in Swat... (full context)
Chapter 10: Toffees, Tennis Balls, and the Buddhas of Swat
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...were suicide bombers throughout the country, many of whom were women. These women claimed that Fazlullah had taught them that it was noble to martyr themselves. In response to the constantly... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Clever Class
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...escalating violence in Swat, Ziauddin joined with a group of elders who wanted to challenge Fazlullah’s interpretations of the Quran. Although Ziauddin was far younger than the other men in this... (full context)
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...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’ school would close. He warned women to avoid... (full context)
Chapter 14: A Funny Kind of Peace
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Malala’s spirits lift when Fazlullah rethinks his policy on women’s education. Ziauddin’s protests have been more effective than Malala imagined:... (full context)
Chapter 16: The Valley of Sorrows
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...the commander of the Pakistani army. Malala asks General Abbas a difficult question: where is Fazlullah, and why can’t Abbas bring him to justice for his crimes? Abbas takes more than... (full context)