Date of Award
Master of Arts
Since the events of 9/11, a large amount of scholarship has been dedicated to uncovering information regarding the experiences of foreign Muslims living in the United States, while very little attention has been paid to the experiences of African American Muslims. This study seeks to remedy that gap by focusing on the experiences of African American Muslim women who wear a hijab throughout their day-to-day lives. Four women were chosen for this study and interview questions were developed with a specific focus on how they navigate both their religious and racial identities on a daily basis. Beginning research from the lives of women corresponds with the theoretical foundation used in guiding this study: Feminist Standpoint Theory. Additionally, a phenomenological approach was chosen to provide a forum for these women’s voices to be heard through their own experiences and stories.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Parrish, Margaret Ann, "African American Muslim Women: Navigating Racial and Religious Identities" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 766.