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“It is a blunt observation, reflective of the potent message she delivers to her readers, a skillful unraveling of the myth of the submissive Muslim woman and a timely introduction to those other, very American and largely unheard 9/11 kids who bear the destructive burden of that one day, every day.” —The New York Times Book Review
Required reading 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 eleven, 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 thirteen, 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.
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July 26, 2017
* I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.
"I hope she knows my pain is genuine, I thought. I hope she doesn't doubt that a Muslim American can be impacted by 9/11, too. The truth is that 9/11 never ended for us."
Muslim Girl i...
May 13, 2017
Audiobook narrated by author, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
A beautifully crafted memoir about a young woman 's growing up in post 9-11 America, her Muslim identity, and the birth of her Muslim Girl organization. I have often felt in social circles that when topics such as, Islamophobia or anti-Semitism e...
April 20, 2017
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh represents a unique and very important voice in our time - that of Muslim women. She founded MuslimGirl.com when she discovered that there was no place online for Muslim women to talk about their unique problems and interests. She discusses the fear of Muslims for their lives,...
December 31, 2016
I have made it my goal to read books from more diverse backgrounds and experiences, especially in light of the election and the hate speech that has been committed by our President Elect towards a number of marginalized groups. In my effort to look for more diverse books, I found the book MUSLIM...
August 05, 2017
4.5/5 stars. Review to come
December 26, 2016
I didn't finish this book. The first chapter or two caught me, but I disliked the chronological lapses, and she comes across as very new. She's writing about things that happened in early 2016, and the book came out in October 2016. I would rather have read a few of her speeches, rather than read...
December 15, 2016
Despite having such strong feelings in support of the human rights of Muslims everywhere, and agreeing with basically all of her arguments here, I really disliked this book. It was extremely poorly written, in a tone that was both whiny and grandiose, and overflowing with horribly pedantic vocabu...
July 12, 2017
Looking at the history of America from the huge turning point of 9/11 onward, but from the very important and often overlooked perspective of a Muslim American girl coming of age as the towers fell, as Islamaphobia ran rampant, through her parents briefly leaving the country because America began...
February 08, 2017
I received a free copy of Muslim Girl from the publisher through Goodreads -- thank you!
So, this is one heck of a book to read in the context of Donald Trump being President elect, Brexit, the spike in hate crimes.
In Muslim Girl, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh explores what it means to grow up as a Muslim A...
December 07, 2016
I really wanted to like and learn from this book, but it just didn't grab me. The story didn't engage me and the author could have benefited from some distance from her story before writing it down. I was not interested in following the narrator and just couldn't finish it.