The shocking image of planes smashing into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 was a defining moment in the modern era. We now have a generation – Muslim and non-Muslim – who have grown up in the shadow of the War on Terror, with its associated Islamophobia, surveillance and suspicion. In her ambitious, rigorous and deeply compassionate new book, Coming of Age in the War on Terror, Randa Abdel-Fattah hears from the young people most affected by our polarised politics, providing important insight into their resilience, humour and heartbreak.
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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer, mother of four children and the award-winning author of eleven novels, published and translated in over 20 countries. Randa also writes across a wide range of genres, most recently publishing Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity and, her latest book, Coming of Age in the War on Terror.
Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, and ABC’s The Australian Story. Sami has been performing award-winning and highly acclaimed stand-up comedy for over a decade. He’s also written multiple books, short stories, columns, and radio documentaries. Sami is currently based in Melbourne.