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Title:Islamic Feminism and All-Female Housing
Author(s):AAS 199_07-02
Subject(s):Muslim American
Student Housing
Abstract:This project examines definitions of Islamic feminism while analyzing the living arrangements of Muslim women on campus and how that relates to their Islamic and female identity. The author seeks to answer the following questions: What is the definition of Islamic feminism? What are people’s perceptions of Islamic feminism? What role, if any, does Islamic feminism play on the UIUC Campus? How do Muslim women define Islamic feminism? Why do Muslim women choose to live in all female housing? What are the motivations and assumptions behind all female housing on campus? This research is based on independent research of the historical context of Islamic feminism and interviews of Muslim women on campus. From these findings, this study concludes that assumptions about women who live in all female housing is often misconstrued as Muslim women were often randomly placed there and their decision was mainly based on the quality of the living environment as opposed to their religion.
Issue Date:2007-05-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-20

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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