The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the gender differences in the identity challenges of Muslim students, the role of sociopolitical institutions in influencing their identities, and students' process of self-definition of their intersectional identity in college. There were 10 undergraduate college students, who participated in this study. These students came from varied backgrounds, ethnicities, countries of origin, and were enrolled at various 2 and 4-year institutions in Southern California. Research findings demonstrated that Muslim students' social identities were intertwined, complex, and intersectional, rather than distinct and non-interactive. The intersection of religion, gender, and sociopolitical identities created a Muslim identity paradigm. In addition, social and political institutions both within the Muslim community and American society such as families, mosques, Muslim Student Associations (MSAs), and educational institutions, shaped the gender experiences of Muslim students in American society.
|Commitee:||Ahmadi, Shafiqa, Vega, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Student Development in Higher Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Islamic Studies, Higher education|
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