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Title:Muslim Student Perceptions Post September 11th
Author(s):Sitafalwalla, Shaheja
Subject(s):Muslim American
Abstract:This project explores the varied misconceptions of Islam that have arisen since September 11, how these particular ideas of Islam associated with terrorism were formed, and what role Muslims now play in America and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The author seeks to answer the following questions: How do Muslim students on campus see the United States government? How do Muslims students view the University’s administration? What are Muslim student’s views on the non-Muslim student population? Do Muslim students experience any acts of ignorance or discrimination on campus? Based on individual interviews of Muslim students from various majors, gender and background, this study finds that students on campus had mixed views about the university and government. From these findings, the author concludes that most Muslim students felt a sense of underlying ignorance on campus, but thought that the educated population makes more of an effort to learn about Islam than the uneducated.
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Publication Status:unpublished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.

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