Randa Abdel-Fattah

Country

Australia

Known for

Lawyer and Award-Winning Author

Dates

Hijri 1399–Present (AH); Common Era 1979–Present (CE)

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Biography

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an Australian litigation lawyer and author of five young adult novels. Her debut work, Does My Head Look Big in This? tells the story of Amal, a Palestinian-Australian teenager who decides to don the hijab. The novel won the Australian Book Industry Award for Book of the Year for Older Children and was chosen as a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council in 2006.1 Randa’s 2010 book Where the Streets Had a Name highlights the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Hayaat, and was selected as one of the New York Public Library’s annual list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing for children.2 Randa’s novels have taken her to book festivals around in world, in countries such as Sweden, Malaysia, Brunei, and England.3 Born and raised in Australia, Randa is of mixed Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. In addition to her novels, she has written numerous articles on Palestine, Australian Muslims, and Muslim women for publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald and Le Monde. Randa is passionate about social justice and interfaith connections and is involved in several human rights and advocacy groups, including the Islamic Women’s Welfare council, the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, and the Australian Arabic Council.4   [1] Randa Abdel-Fattah: Official Website [2] Randa Abdel-Fattah: Official Website [3] Randa Abdel-Fattah: Goodreads [4] Randa Abdel Fattah: Official Facebook Page

Sources

<a href="http://www.randaabdelfattah.com/index.asp">Randa Abdel-Fattah: Official Website</a> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randa-Abdel-Fattah/108291722524640">Randa Abdel-Fattah: Official Facebook Page</a> <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/45465.Randa_Abdel_Fattah">Randa Abdel-Fattah: <i>Goodreads</i></a>