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Randa Abdel-Fattah 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. In 2019 Abdel-Fattah was based at Macquarie University undertaking an Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
'"One minute you're a 15-year old girl who loves Netflix and music and the next minute you're looked at as maybe ISIS."
'The generation born at the time of the 9/11 attacks are turning 18. What has our changed world meant for them?
'We now have a generation – Muslim and non-Muslim – who have grown up only knowing a world at war on terror. These young people have been socialised in a climate of widespread Islamophobia, surveillance and suspicion. An unparalleled security apparatus around terrorism has grown alongside fears over young people's radicalisation and the introduction into schools and minority communities of various government-led initiatives to counter violent extremism.
'In Coming of Age in the War on Terror Randa Abdel-Fattah, a leading scholar and popular writer, interrogates the impact of all this on young people's trust towards adults and the societies they live in and their political consciousness. Drawing on local interviews but global in scope, this book is the first to examine the lives of a generation for whom the rise of the far-right, the discourse of Trump and Brexit and the growing polarisation of politics seems normal in the long aftermath of 9/11. It's about time we hear what they have to say.'
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly. A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice' (Pan Macmillan).
'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)