Muslim Girl

Muslim Girl

A Coming of Age

Book - 2016
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"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 eleven, when the United States began their invasion in Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society. At thirteen, her family took a trip to her father's native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on the true peaceful nature of Islam in its purest form, not the Islamic stereotypes she heard on the news. Inspired by her trip, and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected by Western media during a time when all it 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. Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age 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 is a signifier for radicalism or oppression, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the sisterhood of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
ISBN: 9781501159503
150115950X
Branch Call Number: TEEN B ALK
Characteristics: 134 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_BRIDGET May 09, 2017

Wonderfully written, with lots of pithy thoughts and sharp statistics. This is blunt and engaging and you should read it and you should talk about it.

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mclarjh
Apr 06, 2017

Poorly written, self centred, self promotional, and dated rant. Suitable for teenage muslim girls.

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merliberry
Feb 01, 2017

Wow, what a beautiful and timely book! This young woman is also the founder of the media site Muslim Girl, which according to the site itself "was launched from the bedroom of a high school girl that was fed up with the misleading misconceptions surrounding Islam — the way the news coverage and media outlets kept skewing the image of Muslims into a nasty one; the mistrust, racism, and flat-out hatred that the inaccuracies flamed; the muting of young Muslim voices from mainstream society; and the resulting disillusionment that young Muslims suffer about their religion in the tornado of it all."

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