In "My Son the Fanatic," why do you think Ali changes his mind about the West?  Ali is described as having changed his opinion about life abruptly.

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On some level, Ali has undergone a transformation of thought.  I think that this becomes the critical element in understanding both the effectiveness and relevance of Kurieshi's work.  At its core, the short story addresses what we, in the West, wonder regarding all of those who embrace a more orthodoxy interpretation of religion at the cost of cosmopolitan values.   If we take Ali at his own transformation, some element became definable, some "switch" was turned.  In...

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