Lesson 1 (from Part 1 Chapter 1)
"The Dumb-Waiter," by describing how the Shakil sisters are raised in a strict Muslim fashion and yet never taught to believe in the Muslim faith, introduces a major theme that is present throughout the entire book. The objective of this lesson is to examine the contrasts and similarities between the observance of social tradition and of faith.
1) Class Discussion: How are the Shakil sisters raised? What kind of education do they receive? What is implied about their value in the eyes of their father? In what regards are they well cared for? What is significant about the girls' mother? What is their reaction to freedom once their father dies? What does this reaction suggest about the efficacy of the manner in which they were raised? How significant a role does their traditional Muslim upbringing play in their lives?
2) Groups: Divide the class into small groups...
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