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This project was successfully funded on April 16, 2012.

This is a children's book that takes a fun jab at the stereotypes often held about what Muslims look like.

About this project

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Thank you all so much for supporting this project! We've blown past the initial goal and we've got great momentum! Please keep retweeting, reposting and sharing on Facebook and your other social networks!

Keep going and we'll make sure you guys get the first batch of books printed!
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So here's the deal...

A number of years ago, I was going through an airport and a security agent looked at my boarding pass and asked me, "Well, what kinda name is that?"

I answered, "It's a Muslim name, sir..."

He replied with a confused look on his face, "That's funny, because you don't look like a Muslim." He wasn't being mean or rude, I think he just didn't know any better.

So he handed me my boarding pass with a smile, and I asked him, "Well, what does a Muslim look like?" He responded, "Not you!"

I'd heard that comment before on a few occasions... "That's funny, you don't look like a Muslim..." and always thought it was so odd. It's not like anyone could look at someone on the street and say... "Oh sure, Catholic"... "definitely Buddhist"... "yep, she looks Jewish"...  So I decided to write a book.

I want to impact the way kids (and grown up kids) think about the diversity that is in our communities, on our playgrounds, in our schools, and pretty much everywhere else in our modern world. So I decided that a children's book would be the best approach.

Your support will help fund the cost of illustrations and some of the expenses associated with publishing the book. If we go over the initial amount, the extra investment will go toward getting the book out into schools and libraries.

The book will be a beautiful 8.5" x 8.5" softcover, fully illustrated by the talented Abdullah Badawy from Atlanta, Georgia. It will be 24 pages and in full color.

I really hope you'll support this project. Thank you so much for your support!

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Just a note: For those requiring international shipping - and backing after March 20 -  please add $10 for international shipping if you're at the $100 level. Under $100, please add $7. Sorry but it wasn't added in earlier.

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I've added a sample character from the book and two draft pages to give you an idea of what the book will "feel like"... enjoy!

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Some legal stuff: The song used in the film is from Apple's iLife suite, the characters in the kickstarter video are for illustrative purposes only and made using the South Park website's character creator. The actual characters in the book resemble the cover art and were developed by Abdullah Badawy.

All images and text for "What Does a Muslim Look Like?" is protected and property of the author. Any use without the author's permission is prohibited.

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