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UAE Year of Reading

Zayed University Libraries is excited to help make 2016 a year of reading!


As part of the UAE Year of Reading Campaign, the ZU Library and Learning Commons is sponsoring a discussion group for students about Malala Yousafzai. You are invited to read the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai or any of the other books or articles the Library has purchased on this topic. Copies of this book and others are available on both campuses


I am Malala is the story of a family uprooted by terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who championed and encouraged his daughter to go after her education


Please join the Library in discussing the impact that Malala Yousafzai has had on women's education and her place as a role model for young people.


Abu Dhabi Discussion Group Dates and Location:

Malala Book discussion

Date: November 6 (12:00 - 2:00 pm)

Location: Male Promenade


Malala Book discussion

Date: November 7 (12:00 - 2:00 pm)

Location: Female Promenade



Movie Screening: "He Named Me Malala"

Date: November 8 (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Location: New York University Abu Dhabi


Dubai Discussion Group Dates and Location:

Malala Book Display

Date: November 7 - 16 (Whole day)

Location: Library

Malala Book discussion

Date: November 13 (12:00-2:00 pm)

Location: Library (the couches near the Circulation Desk)



Malala Book Display

Date: Tuesday, November 15 (12:00-2:00 pm)

Location: DXB Campus Atrium



Movie Screening: "He Named Me Malala"

Date: November 16 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Location: University of Dubai

RSVP for the movie, "He Named Me Malala"






      A special screening of the documentary, "He Named Me Malala" will be shown free of charge to students from the federal universities of the UAE. The movie will be shown in Abu Dhabi at NYU Abu Dhabi on   November 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on November 16th in Dubai at    the the University of Dubai from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  To RSVP for this free event, please fill out this quick form.










List of articles, books, and websites about Malala

Malala Yousafzai - Biographical. (2016, October 18). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from

Gordon brown: Malala proves one person can make A difference. (2013). Lanham: Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc. Retrieved from

Potenza, A. (2014, Sep 29). Malala the brave. Scholastic News, 83, 2. Retrieved from

Lewis, K. (2015, November/December). Malala the Powerful. Storyworks, 22-25.​

Malala Yousafzai (2016). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (2016). Malala Yousafzai | Pakistani activist. In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from

The Malala fund. Retrieved October 19, 2016, from

BBC (2014, December 10). Profile: Malala Yousafzai. BBC Asia. Retrieved from

Malala Yousafzai biography. (2013, July 12). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from biography,

BBC (2012, October 10). Malala Yousafzai: Portrait of the girl blogger. BBC Magazine. Retrieved from

Discussion Guide

Questions for Discussion

  • Malala is known for her passion for education and women’s rights. How does her passion for education shape her life? Do you have a particular cause that you care about deeply? Discuss.
  • If you were a 16-year-old girl in Pakistan, could you have imagined doing what Malala did? What do you admire about Malala?
  • Malala’s address to the United Nations Youth Assembly includes the following quotation: “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons” (Yousafzai). How does this statement speak to Malala’s personal experience and her call for activism on a global level? Is there a specific cause that you care about deeply? Have you been involved with, or have you led a project or event to further that cause? If so, how?
  • Malala demonstrates an overwhelming sense of courage in the face of adversity. Discuss how Malala reacts to the challenges she faces, as well as the challenges to Swat and Pakistan. How do her peers react? What gives them strength?