Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. She is also a multi-award winning author of eleven books for young adults and children that have been published in more than fifteen countries.


Pumpkin seeds, angry minorities and race

EssayDURING MY DOCTORAL fieldwork researching Islamophobia from the point of view of the ‘Islamophobes’, I spent many weekends in the town of Bayside on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where my parents had bought a holiday house. I had...

Of Middle Eastern appearance

EssaySelected for The Best Australian Political Writing 2008 "DO YOU EVER wish you were fully Aussie?" This question was posed to me by a teenage girl in a Sydney school last year. "What do you mean by fully Aussie?" I asked. "Um...

Living in a material world

MemoirWinner, 2005 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public DebateThis is not a comic-book plot. This is not a Paul Jennings tale. This is real. There are pieces of material floating around in Australian...

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