Required listening from the founder of MuslimGirl.com - a harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.
At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year she heard her first racial slur. At age 11, when the United States had begun to invade Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society.
At 13 her family took a trip to her father's native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on pure religion, not Islamic stereotypes. Inspired by her trip, and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected during a time when all the media could talk about was, ironically, Muslim women, Amani created a website called MuslimGirl. As the editor in chief, she put together a team of Muslim women and started a life dedicated to activism.
This is the extraordinary account of Amani's journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she's faced on a daily basis to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon to the nation's political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. While dispelling the myth that a headscarf makes you a walking target for terrorism, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the sisterhood of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl. Amani's honest, urgent message is fresh, timely, and a deeply necessary counterpoint to the current rhetoric about the Middle East.
©2016 Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio
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"A Christian girl"
I adore you for telling people the story of a Muslims life, to explaining how different and difficult day to day is in this Society I enjoyed this book so much and not because you told your story but because you didn't let anybody stop you from doing what you wanted to do! I pray this world changes and we come to realize that everyone is unique and deserving of what ever they want in life
"Amazing, Insightful, Encouraging "
As a recent revert to Islam, I wanted to learn more about the lives of Muslim women from their own perspective as I will one day marry a Muslim woman and also the possibility of having a daughter. I have been trying to understand in the future how I will raise Muslim girls who can be strong, successful, and brave women. While living in a society that is strung against them. Because I grew up a Christian, I have been at a loss when I think about the possible task. This book has opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart. It will be a book my daughter reads. 1000 Salams - @WhoIsDominic
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