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  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778110
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

Talking About a Revolution




This is not a ‘Muslim women are more than a stereotype’ book. This is beyond identity, and into ideas, interrogating the myths and norms of the status quo.

Yassmin turned 25 after her memoir YASSMIN’S STORY was published. It was a book of an already extraordinary life and youthful, untarnished by life, free-wheeling vision. And then she was attacked, publicly and viciously, from so many parts of the Australian media and citizenry and lost almost all of her paying, and voluntary work.

In TALKING ABOUT A REVOLUTION, Yassmin will explore resistance, transformation, and revolution. Comprising previously published pieces, essays and speeches, as well as a number of new essays specifically written for this collection, the book is in two halves: the first, the ‘Private and Public Self’, and the second ‘Systems and Society’.
Why is this book needed? Well, there is not a single Black, Muslim woman in the English-speaking publishing world with the types of experiences and grounding that Yassmin has had. She went from a dynamic, optimistic, naïve, youthful grass-roots organiser and oil rig worker to taking on the heft of the Australian political and media establishment, to completely rebuilding a new life, away from family and friends, and with no employment, to London. In the UK she has been broadcasting on the BBC, consulting to multinational corporations, writing for stage and screen, and publishing successful books for young readers.

Part One, the ‘Private and Public Self’, includes essays on her crazy passions for cars, cryptocurrency and other unexpected things, as well as the personal challenges and grief around her activism and leaving Australia. She provides a hearty defence of hobbies (that are not turned into money-making side hustles), expands on the value and process of carving out a private life and self in an incredibly public facing world (linking to the concept of keeping her body private through hijab). Yassmin tackles the concept of identity when one is a forever migrant: by ancestry, and by choice. What does it mean to organise for social justice when untethered to place?

In ‘Systems and Society’, Yassmin shares how her thinking on activism, transformative change and justice has evolved. This section contains articles on cultural appropriation, the myth of the model minority and her incredibly popular TEDx talk on unconscious bias. She challenges and interrogates the contemporary social and political landscape: on how consistently tech companies are replicating the same inequalities (and inequitable structures) online as offline, on how to bring an ‘abolitionist’ lens to social justice work, on the value and challenges faced by younger generations of activists who are taught to work towards ‘empowerment’ rather than ‘power’.

In all these essays, the concept of revolution is ever-present.

  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778110
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate.

Yassmin trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for years before becoming a writer and broadcaster in 2016. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in 2019. Yassmin’s critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including theGriffith Review, the best-selling It’s Not About The Burqaand The New Daughters of Africa.

Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16, leading it for nine years. Since, Yassmin has co-founded two other organisations and now shares her learnings through keynotes and workshops. Yassmin has spoken in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Her TED Talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was one of TED’s top 10 ideas of 2015.

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