ERIC Number: EJ1068880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Iqra: African American Muslim Girls Reading and Writing for Social Change
Muhammad, Gholnecsar E.
Written Communication, v32 n3 p286-316 Jul 2015
In this study, the researcher explores the role of literacy--specifically writing in the lives of adolescent Muslim girls who used writing as a sociopolitical tool when participating in a literacy collaborative grounded in Islamic principles and writing for social change. Previously, researchers have largely focused on the literacies of immigrant adolescent Muslims, leaving African American girls out of scholarly conversations. Employing methods of intertextual analysis grounded within a qualitative study, the researcher examined two questions: (a) What social issues do African American Muslim girls choose to write within broadside poetry? (b) How do these self-selected social issues relate to their identities? Findings show girls most frequently wrote about issues related to (a) war and violence and (b) the abuse, violence, and mistreatment of women and girls. Writing was a means to make sense of and critically shape their multiple identities, including who they are as Muslims, their community, and ethnic and gendered identities.
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Muslims, Social Change, Writing (Composition), Change Strategies, Islamic Culture, Qualitative Research, Social Problems, Poetry, War, Violence, Gender Bias, Activism, Adolescents, Group Activities, Culturally Relevant Education, Religion, Ethnicity, Identification (Psychology), Religious Cultural Groups
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