YouTube star Abu Muteb visits NU-Q

Joshua Van Alstine (aka Abu Muteb) at NU-Q -- photo by Paulo Fugen for The Daily Q

Born and raised as Muslim by his Turkish mother and American father, YouTube star Joshua Van Alstine, known as Abu Muteb, said in a recent visit to NU-Q that he often faces rejection in the United States because of his faith, which led him to want to change Americans’ perceptions of the Middle East.

He said being a white American makes him more relatable to American audiences. “I really wanna get America to see what’s it like on the ground and not like some documentary that makes it [the Middle East] either very like a utopia or some ghetto. I want people to see the reality.”

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