What is it like growing up Muslim in America? That is what brother and sister Imran and Yasmine Hafiz, along with their mother, Dilara Hafiz, try to address in their book, The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook. The young authors sent out surveys to more than 40 Islamic schools across the United States and incorporated the responses in quotes and quizzes throughout the book. The handbook was honored as the winner of the 2008 Arizona Book Award for best juvenile/young adult nonfiction, and the authors were recipients of the Outstanding Youth Service Award from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Arizona chapter (CAIR-AZ), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award from the Phoenix Human Relations Commission for their accomplishment.
On August 20, at 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 GMT), join Imran and Yasmine Hafiz in an Ask America webchat to discuss the life of Muslim teenagers in the United States.
Imran Hafiz is a junior at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. He is involved in speech and debate and Weapons of Mass Percussion (a djembe drum club). He enjoys reading, playing video games and discussing politics. He also plays the guitar, piano and drums as well as various other tribal instruments.
Yasmine Hafiz is a freshman at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She loves reading, listening to music, sewing and traveling. She also enjoys going to the library and would like to learn more about philosophy and art history.
This webchat will take place at http://departmentofstate.acrobat.com/hafiz/. No registration is needed. Simply choose “Enter as a Guest,” type in your preferred screen name and join the discussion.