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Title:Drama at the Blues: A look at the location of Muslims on campus, and the effects it has on social life
Author(s):Huq, Solaman
Abstract:he purpose of this study was to observe a local phenomenon in the UIUC area: the cluster of Muslims choosing to live within an apartment complex known as “the Blues”. While there are several there, there are a few Muslims who choose not to reside in this area and are scattered throughout the campus. This brings up questions as to why this has happened and how their social behavior has been impacted as a result. Subjects were asked about the ethnic ratio of their friends, how they keep themselves active, including on campus, and what they considered when choosing where to live, including comparisons to the other options available. What was expected was a trend within the Muslims outside of the Blues to cite their friends as the reason why they chose their home. Muslims inside the blues were thought to be most likely mention religious reasons, but would also have social circles thoroughly populated by a Muslim majority. This pattern was found to be to an extent. Religion and other reasons seemed to be an accessory to the main reason Muslims chose their location: communities that formed. and while certain judgments were not consistent with any Muslim (i.e. not all Muslims at the Blues were religious) a definite theme of judgment emerged. This is important because judgment was used by the Muslims to define themselves.
Issue Date:2012-01
Course / Semester:AAS 258, Fall 2011
Junaid Rana, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-11-02

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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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