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Author: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Narrator: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781508233589
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From the founder of come this 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.

Thisis 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exposition of how two realities, a besieged and defensive Muslim American community and an endlessly suspicious America that constantly demands proof of the community’s patriotism, come together to create the constrictions that she and many million young Muslim Americans must push against.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Part political essay, part open love letter to little girls growing up afraid to claim their identities, this fresh memoir is an important read for Americans of all backgrounds.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With raw emotion infused with remarkable control, Al-Khatahtbeh narrates her own story, underscoring how ‘9/11 never ended for us’—the slurs, the discrimination, and the targeting. With devastating insight, she bears witness—her vulnerable yet determined voice adding further gravitas.”

    Library Journal

  • “Amani Al-Khatahtbeh’s emotional narration about being an openly Muslim woman in America today is an honest, important, and unsettling listen..Al-Khatahtbeh’s clear, rich tone addresses hard topics and unflinchingly invites other Muslim women’s voices to join her own in being heard.”


  • New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the #1 Muslim women’s blog in the United States. She regularly provides commentary on social, cultural, and political issues on outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC and has been featured in the New York Times and the London Guardian and made the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events addressing issues pertaining to women, Islam, and the Arab world.