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Islam: History & Traditions

By Liane Hicks

The religion of Islam dates back to the 7th century in the ancient city of Mecca on the Arabia peninsula. Today, it is practiced by about 2 billion people all over the world! Islam is the world's second largest religion and its followers account for about 25% of the world's total population.


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Students can create a biography poster for an important figure in Islamic history, past and present. This poster is about Malala!

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  • Malala YousafzaiPakistani human rights activist, author, and inspiration
  • Early LifeMalala Yousafzai was born July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Northwest Pakistan and lived with her parents and two brothers. Malala's father was an activist and ran a high school and college for girls where Malala was one of the top students. She loved learning and was fluent in Pashto, Urdu, and English. When Malala was 10, the Taliban invaded her region and violently enforced strict rules infringing on people's rights, especially women's rights, including education. In 2008, at only 11 years old, Malala spoke out against the Taliban's closing and destruction of girls' schools. She gave a speech called, "How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education."
  • Unstoppable Activist and AuthorMalala worked hard to recover and return to school. She continued to advocate for women and girls. In 2013, she won the United Nations Human Rights Prize and was named one of Time magazine’s most-influential people. She wrote a memoir called I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 as the youngest person ever to receive it. At age 18, Malala opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon saying that leaders must "invest in books instead of bullets."
  • Assassination AttemptBecause of her activism and tireless advocating for women's rights, Malala received death threats from the Taliban. The Taliban's leaders voted that she should be assassinated. On October 9, 2012, when 15-year-old Malala was on a bus on her way home from school, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head. Malala was flown to Birmingham, England to receive treatment and she miraculously survived. There was an outpouring of support from around the world for Malala and her cause. Protests and petitions in Pakistan led to the first "Right to Education Act" to be passed in Pakistan.
  • ActivismMalala wrote articles under a pen name for the BBC describing her daily life living under the violent regime of the Taliban. In 2009, she was featured in 2 documentaries about her experiences and the closing of girls' schools. She became well known for her activism, receiving a nomination by Desmond Tutu for the 2011 International Children's Peace Prize. She also won Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 (now named the National Malala Peace Prize).
  • TodayMalala wrote a picture book in 2017 called Malala's Magic Pencil. In the same year, she began studying at the University of Oxford in England. She graduated in June 2020 with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. The United Nations has declared July 12th as World Malala Day.
  • “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.”
  • "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
  • “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
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