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Shabana Mir

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469610788

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469610801_Mir

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Muslim American Women on Campus

Shabana Mir

University of North Carolina Press

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.

Keywords:   female college students, Muslim women, American campus culture, pluralism, social culture, leisure culture

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