In the summer of 2007, I read a book called Infidel, a memoir by Aayaan Hirsi Ali. It is about her life, from her semi-strict Muslim upbringing to her flight from arranged marriages to Europe to her education, rise in politics and "conversion" to Atheism. She is currently being protected from Muslim extremists who want her dead for the things she has written about the religion and how it oppresses women, which are collected in a book called The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam. Between her memoir and these essays, she covers the recent history of Islam, specifically in the African countries where she spent most of her youth before fleeing to Europe, including political movements and other major events.
My plan for developing my paper is, after reading Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, to go back through Infidel and read The Caged Virgin, and look for parallels in experiences and attitudes. I also have a copy of The Koran that I can use for any references that might be made to it, and, if I have time, the works of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. At this point, that is purely extra and not what I plan to concentrate on, though her book Reconciliation, about how Islam might make itself less frightening to non-Muslims, might offer some useful bits of wisdom.
As I mentioned in my write up about the Graphic Narrative, which I realize no one will have read, one of my main interests in my college career has been looking at religion, particularly from a "revolutionary" point of view, which seems to be what I am getting from Persepolis. Also, as I mentioned in the Graphic Narrative write up, when ideas come to you and just feel right and generate new ideas, it is usually wise to run with them, and so that is why I am on this path.