This introductory chapter discusses the book's main themes and methodology. The book is an ethnographic study of Muslim American undergraduate women on U.S. college campuses. It is based on a research study of Muslim American women undergraduates at Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Washington, D.C. It examines the following: Muslim American women's struggles on university campuses to pursue religious authenticity while being “normal” Americans/women/youth; the majority of Americans' Orientalist stereotyping of Muslims; how Orientalist images constitute a pervasive presence in Muslim American women's own identity constructions; campus social and leisure culture; and the flawed pluralism in America and American campus culture.
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