This Spring the Book Club will be reading Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity by Shabana Mir. (2014). The book explores the multiple pressures on American Muslim women students from their negotiating of family expectations to their grappling with popular monolithic stereotypes of Muslims. The book has already won two awards: The National Association for Ethnic Studies’ Outstanding Book Award and the American Educational Studies Association’s 2014 Critics Choice Book Award. Please join us in discussing this exciting book!
Mark Your Calendar for April 14!
The Inclusive Excellence Council is leading a new interfaith dialogue movement on campus. This initiative will culminate in Spring semester on April 14 with a presentation by Eboo Patel, a nationally recognized Muslim writer, activist and organizer who promotes interfaith cooperation and dialogue.
About the Book
Shabana Mir's powerful ethnographic study of women on Washington, D.C., college campuses reveals that being a young female Muslim in post-9/11 America means experiencing double scrutiny—scrutiny from the Muslim community as well as from the dominant non-Muslim community. Muslim American Women on Campus illuminates the processes by which a group of ethnically diverse American college women, all identifying as Muslim and all raised in the United States, construct their identities during one of the most formative times in their lives.
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.
The CETL Book Club provides an opportunity for professional development through cross-disciplinary dialogue about provocative issues related to teaching and learning.