Growing up Muslim in the Northwest

Produced by Katy Sewall
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Amina Al-Sadi (left) with her sisters Aliya (middle) and Batoul (right) at Aliya's high school graduation.

Produced by Katy Sewall

For Amina Al-Sadi, America is the only home she’s ever known. As a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman, she is dedicated to her Islamic faith, but reminded constantly how many people see it as somehow un-American. Her headscarf causes others to treat her as an outsider, but to take it off would feel like defeat. In Part Two of this series, Al-Sadi discusses her experiences as a Muslim growing up in Puget Sound, and how the season of Ramadan connects her to the Islamic community, even as it brings conflicted feelings to the surface.


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About the Authors & Contributors

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall is a journalist, radio host and podcast consultant. For nine years, she was Lead Producer (and occasional host) of KUOW's "Weekday" with Steve Scher. She has also worked with "RadioLab" and "A Prairie Home Companion." She currently produces and co-hosts the popular podcast "The Bittersweet Life" found on iTunes, Sticher, etc., and at