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Education, Social sciences
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Through an analysis of the hijab as a marker, this study focuses on the constructions of Muslim girls' identity. Ten Muslim girls who wear a hijab and attend public high schools in Windsor, Ontario were provided with a venue to express their perceptions of educational experiences in the Canadian education system. The results of this study challenge the literature that emphasizes the negative experiences and external obstacles that seemingly hinder Muslims from practicing and expressing their Muslim identity in a non-Muslim society. Although participants noted incidents of discrimination and negative stereotyping as problematic issues, they viewed their overall education as positive as a result of wearing the hijab; validating that their Muslim identity helped them perceive education as an overall pleasant experience. This study concludes by offering suggestions for policy reforms in education with regards to inclusive education and accommodation for Muslim students.
Diab, Rana N., "Visible Muslims in a non-Muslim World: Muslim Girls' Experiences in Canadian Public High Schools" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8259.