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Building the Bridge to Cultural Citizenship: Curricular Responses of Muslim Girls From Minority Communities of Interpretation

Tue, April 12, 8:15 to 9:45am, Marriott Marquis, Floor: Level Four, Independence Salon A

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Coinciding with the rise of Islamophobia in the United States, is a small but growing set of educational scholarship around the curricular impact and response to Islamophobia. The qualitative case study discussed in this dissertation aims to contribute to this conversation by investigating how Muslim girls from minority communities of interpretation (n=6) made sense of, and responded to, curriculum on Islam in their Social Studies classes. The central finding describes how sample students responded to Islamophobia in the classroom by building bridges across differences. Ultimately, this study aims to learn from the experiences of students, and advocates a curriculum on Islam honoring complexity

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