Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and
Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary
school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International
Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time
she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role
which afforded her the opportunity to write for newspapers and engage with media
institutions about their representation of Muslims and Islam.
During university and her role at the ICV, Randa was a passionate human rights advocate
and stood in the 1996 federal election as a member of the Unity Party-Say No To
Hanson. Randa has also been deeply interested in inter-faith dialogue and has
been a member of various inter-faith networks. She also volunteered with
different human rights and migrant resource organisations including the
Australian Arabic council, the Victorian migrant resource centre, Islamic
women’s welfare council, Palestine human rights campaign, Asylum Seeker Resource
Centre, to name a few.
Randa has used her writing as a medium for expressing her views about the occupation of Palestine.
Her articles about Palestine, Australian Muslims and the misunderstood status of women in Islam
have been published in the Australian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the
Canberra Times, New Matilda, Le Monde (France).
Randa is frequently sought for comment by the media on issues pertaining to Palestine, Islam or
Australian Muslims. She has appeared on SBS’s Insight, ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, ABC’s Q & A, Channel 7’s Sunrise
and Channel 10’s 9am.
Randa is also a regular guest at schools around Australia addressing students about her
books and the social justice issues they raise. Randa has also been a guest at
Sweden’s Gothenburg and Litterlund book festivals (2007 and 2008) and Kuala
Lumpur’s Book festival (2008). She has also toured in Brunei and the UK.
Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She works as a litigation lawyer.
Titles by Randa Abdel Fattah are: