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Monday, June 19, 2006

What is it really like wearing the Hijab?

Does my head look big in this?' tells the story of Amal an Australian Muslim teenage girl growing up in Melbourne, who one day decides out of the blue to wear a hijab to school.

Even though Amal a Muslim wears the hijab, underneath it she is still your typical teenager.

Not only does she face the dilemma of combating unwanted spots, dealing with silly boys, bitchy class mates and lovesick, weight-obsessed friends.

She attracts much unwanted attention by choosing to wear the hijab.

The book is written by successful lawyer Randa Abdel Fattah who is of Australian, Egyptian and Palestinian origin. She says she hoped the book would be read by a wider audience helping them understand the discrimination many young women may face. "My motivation was to write for a non Muslim audience because I felt that they were the ones who needed to be educated about Islam. [Link]

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