A Biography of Randa Abdel-Fattah

SYDNEY, 21 May — Australian-born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian Randa Abdel-Fattah took her frustration over the monolithic stereotyping of Muslim people and turned it into 5 novels. Michelle Allen, Anna Avalos, Hanna Jang, Andrea Lozano, and Morgan Waite-Bjornberg break down her bio.

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By Michelle Allen, Anna Avalos, Hanna Jang, Andrea Lozano, and Morgan Waite-Bjornberg

Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian born in Sydney and raised in Melbourne, is half Palestinian and half Egyptian. She was brought up Muslim and takes great pride in her beliefs. She attended a Catholic primary school and an Islamic secondary college, where she received an International Baccalaureate.  She later ventured into studying Art and Law at Melbourne University, where she became a human rights advocate.  This led her to get involved with several human rights and migrant resource organizations over the years. These experiences have given her the opportunity to write articles on the subjects that mean the most to her, including her views on Palestine, Australia, and Islam. She is regularly asked to voice her opinions on these subjects by the media. She also travels around Australia quite frequently speaking at schools in regards to her novels and their…

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2 Comments on “A Biography of Randa Abdel-Fattah”

  1. Michelle Allen
    Friday, 25 May 2012 at 18:56 UTC #

    Thanks for the kind words on the original post and yay for reblogging it! 🙂

    • Friday, 25 May 2012 at 19:30 UTC #

      Aww, thank YOU Michelle! I wasn’t familiar with Abdel-Fattah’s work, but I think she’s really doing wonderful and important work. Sometimes chauvinism comes from some deeply held belief, but often it just comes from lack of information / exposure / education.

      Muslim people have had a kind of crummy deal, well, since September 11th, or since the Ottoman Empire, depending on how you look at things, but anyway, Abdel-Fattah has done important, yet gentle work to help build a more informed and inclusive world.

      Oh, and wow, she’s been SO busy! Five books and a lawyer and two kids! OMG, I feel pathetic! 🙂

      Anyway, thank you for presenting her work. We try to think about Identity in the 21st century from many perspectives on this blog, and your post fit right in.

      Happy Friday!

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