Robyn Hutchinson was a typical Australian girl from the country town of Mudgee. A surfer chick in the seventies, she traveled to Indonesia, where she met and married a Muslim man. Her marriage didn't last, but her conversion to Islam did. Robyn became Rabiah, and spent the next 20 years in the inner sanctum of international Islamist organisations, marrying one of Osama bin Laden's deputies, and experiencing the Afghani reaction to the 9/11 attacks first-hand.
In her extraordinary biography, journalist Sally Neighbour charts Rabiah's close and personal interactions with Jemaah Islamiyah, the Taliban and al Qaeda, and explores what turned an Aussie mum into an Islamic extremist.
Sally Neighbour is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. She currently is a reporter on ABC's "Four Corners," and has previously worked for ABC News and "Lateline."
She regularly contributes to The Australian newspaper. Her book, In the Shadow of Swords, won the 2004 NSW History Prize, and was nominated for a Walkley Award the following year.