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Title:Muslim Women in Greek Life
Contributor(s):Rana, Junaid
Greek Life
Muslim Women
Abstract:My research explores the relationship between Muslim women at the University of Illinois and Panhellenic Sororities. As a big ten university, U of I has one the largest Greek communities in the country. To many students, Greek life is a big part of their college experience. Although Greek life involves thousands of students, there are very few minorities that choose Panhellenic sororities, especially Muslim women. At the University of Illinois, there are 19 Panhellenic chapters and I will only be focusing on this area of Greek Life. My focus examines why very few Muslim women join sororities. During my research, I interviewed Muslim women on campus to see what stereotypes they see in Greek life and if they have ever considered joining one. I go more in depth to see if it is a personal choice or if Islam is a factor in staying away from sororities. My target age group for my research is 18-21 year old Muslim women who are college students. I learned what it is about sororities that detract minorities, specifically Muslim women, from being apart of Greek life and I want to start the conversation on ways sororities can be more accommodating to different cultures.
Issue Date:2016-05
Course / Semester:AAS 258; Spring 2016
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-26

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    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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