MUSLIM GIRL: A COMING OF AGE -- a harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (2016, Simon & Schuster; 144 pages)
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor in chief of MuslimGirl.com, the number one Muslim women's blog in the United States. She regularly provides commentary on social, cultural, and political issues through outlets such as CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, and more.
This memoir is a harrowing and candid account of what it´s like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era. It is a portrait of Amani's journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl in the United States, 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.
The voice in the book is powerful and the writing is fantastic. The author brings light to many questions that non-Muslims have. She discusses myths, like the one that says that a headscarf is a signifier for radicalism or oppression. She generously shares her own personal anecdotes, and her honesty is astonishing. Amani sends a vital message, an urgent one that is a deeply necessary counterpoint to the current political climate and rhetoric about the Middle East.
A must read. Fantastic.
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