Abdel-Fatteh grew up in Melbourne where she attended a Roman Catholic primary school and the King Khalid Islamic College. She then studied arts/law at the University of Melbourne and worked as a commercial lawyer in Sydney. Abdel-Fattah has been a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Committee and of the New South Wales Young Lawyers for Human Rights Committee, and an enthusiastic representative of Muslim women in Australian society.
In 2009 Abdel-Fattah was selected as one the Weekend Australian Magazine's ten 'Emerging Leaders' in the 'Society' category. Abdel-Fattah is frequently sought for comment by the media on issues pertaining to Palestine, Islam or Australian Muslims. She has appeared on SBS's Insight, ABC's First Tuesday Book Club, ABC's Q & A, ABC's Lateline, Channel 7's Today Tonight, Sunrise and Channel 10's The Circle and 9am.
Abdel-Fattah has lived in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She has worked as a litigation lawyer and studied for a PhD exploring everyday multiculturalism and racism in Australia.
'Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the check points, the curfews, the permit system and Hayaat's best friend Samy, who is mainly interested in football and the latest elimination on X-Factor, but always manages to attract trouble.
'But luck is on their side. Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel to Jerusalem. However, while their journey may only be a few kilometres long, it may take a lifetime to complete.' (Publisher's blurb)
Ten Things I Hate about Me2006single work novel young adult There are a lot of things Jamie hates about her life: her dark hair, her dad's Stone Age Charter of Curfew Rights, her real name - Jamilah Towfeek. For the past three years Jamie has hidden her Lebanese background from everyone at school. It's only with her email friend John that she can really be herself. But now things are getting complicated: the most popular boy in school is interested in her, but there's no way he would be if he knew the truth. Then there's Timothy, the school loner, who for some reason Jamie just can't stop thinking about. As for John, he seems to have a pretty big secret of his own. (Source: Trove)
Does My Head Look Big in This?2005single work novel young adult 'Welcome to my world. I'm Amal Abdel-Hakim, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens. It's hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind in the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil on your head and practising the bum's up position at lunchtime and you know you're in for a tough time at school. Luckily my friends support me, although they've got a few troubles of their own. Simone is blonde and gorgeous but has serious image issues and Leila's really intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate that her high school certificate! And I thought I had problems...' (Source: back cover).