chapter  11
12 Pages

Being Muslim and Being Canadian: How Second Generation Muslim Women Create Religious Identities in Two Worlds

WithRubina Ramji

The Islamic diaspora in western countries is often viewed as a homogenous entity. Issues of nation, class, education and ideology are often overlooked when dealing with the notion of a collective identity. Social structures such as race, nation, and religion play a strong role in the way Muslims are influenced by the views of the dominant culture in which they find themselves. This research study1 strives to understand how diverse Muslim groups from different classes with different cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds self-identify themselves within a Canadian context.