Thought Leadership: “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age” Book by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

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If I’m being rejected from one thing, it’s really just the path redirecting me elsewhere to where I’m supposed to be.”

“The theft of brown women’s narratives is not only an injustice placed on them, but also one extended to their male counterparts; by insisting they need to be liberated from their ‘barbaric’ civilization, Laura [Bush] summoned the colonial assertion that brown women need saving from brown men, when, in actuality, brown women have suffered at the hands of white men more than at those of any other oppressor in history.”

“I started to see the bigger picture of things: Islam was not relegated to the tiny, sometimes frustrating and seemingly arbitrary details of practice, but rather entered the larger picture of spirituality and worship that contextualized my womanhood. In order to be able to derive these logical conclusions about my religion, I had to go back to the basics and understand the very fundamental principles upon which it was founded: justice, social equality, racial equality, financial equality, and, possibly most important of all, gender equality. Thus began my lifelong love affair with Islamic feminism.”

“When all the public eye sees are headscarves instead of individual stories, our community is collectively tokenized. It creates the perception that opportunity is limited and only a rare few of us can make it. Whenever that happens to an already marginalized community, it pits its own members in a competition against one another instead of against the restrictive frameworks that put us in that position in the first place. The first hijabi whatever won’t eliminate Islamophobia just as the first black president hasn’t eliminated racism, though both are signifiers of some type of progress — symbols of ascending beyond adversity.”

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Author, Tech Entrepreneur and Founder of MuslimGirl

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