Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

(1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 26)
New Jersey
EducationRutgers University
OccupationAuthor, Writer, Online Activist

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is an American author and tech entrepreneur. She is the founder and editor of, an online magazine for Muslim women. At 23 years old, she became the first veiled Muslim woman to land on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in media, making MuslimGirl the first Muslim company to ever be named to the list.[1] She was named by CNN as one of 25 most influential Muslim Americans at age 25.[2]

Early years[edit]

Al-Khatahtbeh grew up in New Jersey.[3] Her family temporarily relocated to Jordan in 2005 to escape Islamophobia[dead link].[4] She founded MuslimGirl in 2009 when she was 17 and a senior in high school.[5] With friends from her mosque, al-Khatahtbeh published blogs on the site. Following high school, she attended Rutgers University,[6] graduating in 2014. She then worked for a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. before moving to New York and briefly working for a major media organization.[7][8]


In the beginning of 2015, MuslimGirl developed a volunteer staff and saw a large increase its readership.[6] The site's traffic grew 90% and logged 100 million hits that year.[7]

Following the shooting of Laquan McDonald, Al-Khatahtbeh did live coverage of some of the protests in Chicago.[6] She gave a sermon at the Women's Mosque of America in Los Angeles. Her sermon focused on the metaphor of "the pit" from the film The Dark Knight Rises. She compared the pit to the experience of Muslim Americans after 9/11.[6]

Al-Khatahtbeh rang the opening bell for the NASDAQ stock exchange on January 25, 2016.[6]

In 2016, she partnered with Teen Vogue for a web series that explored issues of concern to young Muslim women.[9][7]

Literary career[edit]

Al-Khatahtbeh was on the program for 3 events at the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[10][11] Her book, MuslimGirl: A Coming of Age, was released in October 2016.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Al-Khatahtbeh is of Jordanian descent.[12]


  1. ^ Forbes
  3. ^ Sana Anoshe Malik (October 18, 2016). "'muslim girl' founder amani al-khatahtbeh on growing up in post-9/11 america". Vice. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Sara Ashley (October 18, 2016). " founder on Islamophobia and the election". KITV. CNN Money. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Harvard, Sarah (August 19, 2015). "How This 23-year-old is Busting Negative Myths About Muslim Women and Dominating the Internet". Teen Vogue.
  6. ^ a b c d e Lamont, Tom (February 12, 2016). "Amani al-Khatahtbeh: 'It's transformative to have Muslim women in the tech world'". The Guardian.
  7. ^ a b c d Sirtori-Cortina, Daniela (October 17, 2016). "Meet The Rising Media Star Shattering Stereotypes About Muslim Women". Forbes.
  8. ^ Forbes Staff (October 19, 2016). "Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Is Shattering Muslim Stereotypes". Forbes. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  9. ^ Al-Khatahtbeh, Amani (May 9, 2016). "Watch Muslim Girls Get REAL About Love, Faith, and Donald Trump". Teen Vogue.
  10. ^ "Uplit". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  11. ^ "MuslimGirl's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: 'We decided to make the conversation about us'". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  12. ^ Maloney, Alli (17 December 2015). "Media's newest titan is making space for Muslim girls". New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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