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Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad Narrator: Ibtihaj Muhammad Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9781549113567
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Olympic medalist fencer, named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Ibtihaj Muhammad tells a story of the tremendous obstacles, racism, and pressures she has overcome as the first Muslim American woman to compete in hijab in a sport dominated by privileged white athletes.

This is a tumultuous, unforgettable tale of perseverance and faith. Raised in a working-class community in New Jersey with five siblings, Ibtihaj sought out sports as a means to fund college and fencing was one of the only sports in which she could participate fully clothed. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith. But in a sport most popular with privileged whites, Ibtihaj remembers often being out of place. Rivals and teammates often pointed out her differences, one even telling her to “take that table cloth off your head.” Ibithaj knew that was a sign of what was to come.

Her path to Olympic greatness has been marked with painful moments and near-debilitating obstacles—from the financial hardship her family endured in support of her to the ongoing bigotry she rose above with passion and grace, bigotry which emerged not just from competitors but also from coaches and teammates who continuously told her she’d never get far in the sport, even after she qualified for the Olympics.

Ibtihaj Muhammad’s life is one of overcoming adversity as a woman competing in a sport known for its lack of diversity for a country that views her religion with suspicion and harbors a history of oppressing her race. Her inspiring journey from a young outsider to a national hero is a beautiful, uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a clear-eyed and amazing memoir…Ibtihaj’s story is at once so deeply personal and amazingly universal.”

    Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author

  • "[Ibtihaj’s] stories of fighting racism and xenophobia are inspiring…but Muhammad’s battles with her own demons are equally brave and 100 percent relatable.”

    Glamour

  • “Ms. Muhammad documents the alienation she felt from her teammates and coach, the death threats that she said neither the United States Fencing Association nor the Olympic committee took seriously, and her feelings of anxiety and despair.”

    New York Times

  • “Her story is inspiring and illuminating.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A tumultuous, unforgettable tale of perseverance and faith.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • A New York Times Pick of the Week
  • An Amazon.com bestseller in Fencing

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About the Author

Ibtihaj Muhammad is best known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics and the first female Muslim-American athlete to medal in the Olympics, winning bronze with Team USA’s Team Sabre. She grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, the daughter of a retired police officer and an elementary school special-education teacher.