ERIC Number: EJ1022092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Muslim, Too: Navigating Multiple Identities at an American University
Stubbs, Benjamin B.; Sallee, Margaret W.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v46 n4 p451-467 2013
Although Muslims have a significant presence at American universities, they are largely ignored by campus policies and resources and may find it difficult to reconcile their university experience with their religious values and practices. Using bicultural acculturation as a theoretical lens along with interviews and document analysis, this exploratory study of ten Muslim students at one university suggests that students have acquired the tools to successfully navigate membership in both American and Muslim cultural groups, evaluating each setting before invoking a particular identity. However, the acculturation process does not require any change by the institution. While participants described a need to adopt situationally-appropriate behaviors, they did not expect accommodation from the university or their peers.
Descriptors: Muslims, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Adjustment, College Students, Universities, School Policy, Religious Factors, Biculturalism, Coping, Social Bias, Islam, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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