Ranya Tabari Idilby is a 1st gen Palestinian-American woman who breaks down stereotypes many Americans have about Muslims. She considers herself a typical American and concerned mother, who is raising 2 kids in NYC with her husband. Ranya’s father was an engineer; he met her mother b/c his company was building a road near her house (no arranged marriage). Ranya immigrated as a young girl to McLean, VA (Fairfax County). She became a naturalized citizen at age 21. None of the women in her family has ever worn a headscarf (not that there’s anything wrong w/ that). She co-authored The Faith Club with two of her Christian and Jewish friends/neighbors/fellow moms.
Values are something that are values of action.
Before 9/11, I was an accidental Muslim.
Diversity is a natural development within the faith.
Discussion of her new memoir Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie & more: CSPAN: After Words (interviewed by Daisy Khan (12/4/13)