Additional Resources

The following materials offer more information on the Muslim community in the United States. The following websites and organizations can provide additional background information and lesson ideas.

Fiction

Does My Head Look Big in This, by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Scholastic, 2008
When 16-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab fulltime, everyone has a reaction.

Ask Me No Questions, by Marina Budhos
Simon Pulse, 2007
A Bangladeshi family is split up after 9/11 when the father is detained for not having a valid passport.

Memoirs

The Other Side of the Sky, by Farah Ahmedi
Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2006
In this memoir, an Afghani Muslim refugee girl discovers herself and an American woman whom she calls her second mother in this book on holding onto the identity one is born with, and the pains of forging a new one in your adopted homeland.

The Language of Baklava, by Diana Abu-Jaber
Anchor, 2006
In this memoir, a Jordanian-American Muslim girl straddles her Jordanian heritage and her American mother’s culture and shares her experiences on being a multi-hyphenated girl then woman.

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Pantheon, 2004
A graphic memoir about growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran.

In the Shadow of No Towers, by Art Spiegelman
Viking, 2004
The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist reflects on his 9/11 experience and the ways in which life changed thereafter.

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson
Puffin, 2009
A young reader’s edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea, this book follows mountaineer Greg Mortenson on his journey to becoming a humanitarian by promoting peace one school at a time in the rugged mountains of Pakistan.

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, by Eboo Patel
A Muslim youngster struggles to forge his identity as a Muslim, an Indian and an American.

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