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Through the Eyes of the Students: Muslim Idenity

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Title: Through the Eyes of the Students: Muslim Idenity
Author(s): Kurtovic, Denis
Subject(s): Muslim Identity Premarital Sex Alcoholic Activities Islamic Customs Parents Choices Non-practicing Muslims vs Practicing Muslims Partners of Muslims Muslim Youth Americanization Spring 2010 AAS 258
Abstract: My general research statement is how practicing Muslims, non-practicing Muslims and non-Muslims view the identity of Muslims on our campus and the ways that these different groups coexist. I will be interviewing three different people: one practicing Indian Muslim, another non-practicing Turkish Muslim and then one Christian Korean who spends times in different organizations with different groups of people including Muslims. I am hoping to get an idea of how they perceive the identity of themselves and use what they have said in addition to my own ethnographic research of different places that Muslims interact. I will also be breaking each area down and seeing if I can get an idea of how Muslims on our campus find different activities which don’t include sexual activities and alcoholic parties or if they succumb to this college lifestyle. My main goal in this is to get an idea of how Muslims fit together with other groups of people and see if they are discriminated for their choices. Do some give in or do they hold strong to Islam? There are organizations which I want to research and see how they provided alternatives to these so called “evils”. I am also interested in observing locations where visible Muslims and other groups interact (such as the ARC, Mosque, lecture halls, libraries, public places, etc). This is all building to see how students see each other and the way they interact on Campus. I’m hoping to discover the identity that Muslims see in their groups and the identity that other people see in them. With this, I'm hoping to get a connection with the interviews I will be holding and with my own research in these different locations.
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report: When did Muslims arrive in the Americas? What is the history of Muslim immigrants in the United States? This course was an introduction to the study of Muslims in the United States. In examining the multiple racial, cultural, and national groups that make-up this diverse community, students questioned what it means to be Muslim in America. The course began with the first contact between Islam and America in the “Age of Discovery” and the African slave trade to think through the roots of Islam and its role in the contemporary moment. In this moment students also examined how indigenous Americans, referred to as American Indians, are conceptualized in relation to the Muslims of Europe and simultaneously racialized. In historicizing Islam students examined the communities who first arrived as crypto-Muslims to understand the place of Latinos in American Islam. Second, students examined African American Islam in its myriad formations. These two examples were then used comparatively to understand how the historical narrative of African American and Latino Muslims is related to newer immigrant populations. In large part, students surveyed Arab American and South Asian American Muslim communities particularly in urban contexts. These later two populations grew through large immigrant waves in the 19th century and the late twentieth century, particularly after 1965. In addition to the multi-racial and comparative perspective, this course examined intra-religious (sectarian) and interfaith differences and dialogues. This material was explored through an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the scholarship mainly from anthropology, history, sociology, religious studies, and ethnic studies. For many of class discussions this course used Chicago as an ethnographic site to explore the complex make-up and history of Muslim America.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16326
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-28
 

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