Randa Abdel-Fattah life and biography

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Randa Abdel-Fattah biography

Date of birth : 1979-06-06
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Melbourne, Australia
Nationality : Australian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-13
Credited as : Writer, Does My Head Look Big in This, Where the Streets Had a Name

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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an Australian-born writer of Palestinian and Egyptian parentage.

She was born in Australia, to Palestinian and Egyptian parents. She has written two novels for young adults, Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me. Her first book, Does My Head Look Big In This?, is the story of a of Amal, a 16-year-old Muslim girl who decides to wear the hijab (headscarf) full time. The book deals with the issues of growing up as a headscarf-wearing Muslim-Australian in post-9/11 Australia. It also covers the usual teenage issues of smoking, alcohol, a desire to fit in, and boys. It aims to show that wearing a hijab can be empowering rather than oppressing, and helps to foster religious understanding. Abdel-Fattah is a lawyer, and lives in Sydney with her husband and baby daughter. She is extremely active in the inter-faith community, giving talks at high schools and has been involved in Palestinian human rights campaigns.

Author of Novels:

Does My Head Look Big in This? (2006)
10 Things I Hate About Me (2007)
Where the Streets Had a Name (2009)

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