Muslim American Women on Campus
Undergraduate Social Life and Identity
Publication Year: 2014
Mir, an anthropologist of education, focuses on key leisure practices--drinking, dating, and fashion--to probe how Muslim American students adapt to campus life and build social networks that are seamlessly American, Muslim, and youthful. In this lively and highly accessible book, we hear the women's own often poignant voices as they articulate how they find spaces within campus culture as well as their Muslim student communities to grow and assert themselves as individuals, women, and Americans. Mir concludes, however, that institutions of higher learning continue to have much to learn about fostering religious diversity on campus.
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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I take this opportunity to thank my research participants who made included me in their social lives. I made many genuine friends dur-ing my fi eldwork and am honored to be part of their lives. I only re-gret that I cannot name them in this book. Chief among these afore-mentioned are my primary research participants at Georgetown and ...
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...now I?m going to pray and I?m going to go play basketball! It?s contradictory, but it?s just life, we just go through it. We don?t I met Intisar at one of the informal Muslim gatherings on the fourth fl oor of the student union at the George Washington University campus. Affectionate and dryly witty, Intisar quickly became a good ...
2 Muslim American Women in Campus Culture
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For undergraduates, college is a life-change that can be exhilarating, terrifying, and confusing. For youth already in the throes of physical and social change, shuttling between their roles as dependents and adolescents, on the one hand, and fi nancially independent adults and voting citizens, on the other. Add Muslim identity to the mix, ...
3 I Didn’t Want to Have That Outcast Belief about Alcohol Walking the Tightrope of Alcohol in Campus Culture
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Iranian airspace. ? Swissair fl ight attendant in the fi lm Argo Fatima was an adventurous designer of third space identities, a non-hijabi who was at the same time religiously devout, socially liberal, sexually conservative, and politically aware. When Fatima entered the gates of Georgetown, having newly graduated from a strictly ...
4 You Can’t Really Look Normal and Dress Modestly Muslim Women and Their Clothes on Campus
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Dammit, Jim, I?m a Muslim woman, not a Klingon!?? That cry comes at the climax of Mohja Kahf?s satirical poem ?Hijab Scene #3.? The speaker discovers, though, that she cannot escape the perception of her being from another planet: ??but the positronic force of hijab / jammed all of her cosmic coordinates? (Kahf 2003). Like the hijabi ...
5 Let Them Be Normal and Date Muslim American Undergraduate Women in Sexualized Campus Culture
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In this chapter, I show a partial range of voices among Muslim Amer-ican undergraduate women regarding the thorniest of issues, those Undergraduates imagine college as a world of freedom, mobility, sexual opportunity, and sexual maturity. Going to college and hav-ing sex are closely linked in the popular imagination. As American ...
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...yasmin : Like, either I have to be completely assimilated, com-pletely into this culture or either I have to become completely like, Muslim women felt the tension of binary identities on campus. Did it have to be a zero-sum game? Did you have to be socially divided from hedonistic campus culture or completely assimilated ?into this ...
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Appendix: The Research Participants
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2014