1. How does Malala introduce the reader to her world in the Swat Valley in Chapter 1: “A Daughter is Born”? What are the roles of women in Malala's culture?
Malala describes in detail the region, the culture, and the people where she lives. For example, she explains that most men of this time and place are sad when a daughter is born. Girls are not revered members of the household. Their only real roles in the family are to prepare meals and have babies.
2. How does Malala describe the history of the Swat Valley in Chapter 1: “A Daughter is Born”? What is Swat's relationship to Pakistan?
The Pashtun people are made up of tribes spread out across Pakistan and Afghanistan. Malala says that Swat, which is her valley, was once a separate state, independent from Pakistan. However, politics and power struggles brought that to an end in 1947, though Swat remains somewhat out of the Pakistani government’s jurisdiction.
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