Counter-narratives of Muslim American Women: Creating Space for MusCrit


What does it mean to be a young Muslim American woman in the US educational system? This book answers this question by presenting the counter-narratives of 15 young women. These accounts debunk prevalent stereotypes and biases, and reveal an educational climate marked by Islamophobia. Through these overall educational experiences, readers are able to explore the role of family, faith-based education, the mosque, and community in these women’s lives.

The social and academic learning opportunities showcase instances of both inclusion and marginalization which lead students to experience a double consciousness. What this study ultimately shows is that these students experience the dichotomous pull of religious and cultural values as they navigate their intersectional identities.

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Chapter 1 Rahmah’s Story
Chapter 2 Deena’s Story
Chapter 3 Hafsa’s Story
Chapter 4 Rania’s Story
Chapter 5 Mehar’s Story
Chapter 6 Amber’s Story
Chapter 7 Selma’s Story
Chapter 8 Rida’s Story
Chapter 9 Layla’s Story
Chapter 10 Samreen’s Story
Chapter 11 Yasmine’s Story
Chapter 12 Ayesha’s Story
Chapter 13 Fatima’s Story
Chapter 14 Sana’s Story
Chapter 15 Farah’s Story
MusCrit in Action
Noor Ali, EdD (2018), is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, a K-8 veteran educator and school leader. She has coined a subset in Critical Race Theory(CRT) called MusCrit. Dr. Ali has extensively published and presented on topics related to CRT, MusCrit, Experiential Learning, Leadership, and Social Justice in Education.
"Throughout the text, Ali challenges readers to examine their own biases regarding inclusion and offers insights to shatter stereotypes or preconceived notions about individual differences. This timely study will be an insightful resource for educators, families, and communities." M. Wong-Lo, Biola University, in CHOICE connect Vol. 60 | Issue 6 (2023), np.

 1 Critical Race Theory and Racialization
 2 Tenets & Application of Critical Race Theory
 3 Offf-shoots of Critical Race Theory
 4 Racialization of Religious Identity
 5 From CRT to MusCrit
 6 Tenets of MusCrit
 7 From Theoretical Framework to Methodology
 8 The Use of Narrative Research
 9 The Stories Ahead

1 Rahmah’s Story
 1 Framing Identity
 2 Finding Friends in Diverse Spaces
 3 Experience of Demonization

2 Deena’s Story
 1 Navigating Identity
 2 Treading Carefully

3 Hafsa’s Story
 1 Informal & Formal Educational Experiences
 2 Difffijiculty in Transition to High School
 3 The Strengthening Role of the Community
 4 The Role of Parents and Acculturation
 5 Defijining American and Intersectionality
 6 Connection to Curriculum
 7 Interactions with Teachers and Microaggressions

4 Rania’s Story
 1 Hijab & Identity
 2 Influences on Identity
 3 Uncomfortable Interactions

5 Mehar’s Story
 1 Relationship with Her Hijab
 2 Sense of Community
 3 Questions of Identity
 4 Early Experiences in America
 5 Uncomfortable Interactions

6 Amber’s Story
 1 Defijining Self, Race, and Ethnicity
 2 Finding Strength in Diversity
 3 Parents and Acculturation
 4 Values

7 Selma’s Story
 1 School
 2 Transitioning to College
 3 Choosing to Wear the Hijab

8 Rida’s Story
 1 The Role of School
 2 Defijining Self, Race, and Popular Culture
 3 Anxiety about Transitioning to College
 4 Impact of Religious Values
 5 The Strengthening Role of Family

9 Layla’s Story
 1 Navigating Identity
 2 Educational Journeys
 3 Classroom Conversations
 4 Relationship with Hijab
 5 Religion as Lifestyle

10 Samreen’s Story
 1 Being Impacted: School and Family
 2 Being American
 3 Uncomfortable Conversations

11 Yasmine’s Story
 1 Acculturation
 2 Values
 3 Curriculum
 4 Experience of Demonization

12 Ayesha’s Story
 1 Influence of School
 2 Values Shaped in the Home
 3 College Experience
 4 Defending the Faith

13 Fatima’s Story
 1 Culture & Identity
 2 Identity & Educational Experience
 3 Diminishing Experiences

14 Sana’s Story
 1 Critical Conversations & Representing Islam
 2 Extra-curriculars and Identity
 3 Being Enough

15 Farah’s Story
 1 Impact of Culture and Faith
 2 Learning from School
 3 Discussing 9/11
 4 Contemplating Identity

MusCrit in Action
Scholars and professionals from CRT, Education, Curriculum Theory & Practice, Social Justice, DEI with interest in acculturation, marginalization, transformative education, intersectionality, microaggressions together with student Experience Directors, educators and administrators in public, faith-based schools, and Muslim schools will find this book of interest.
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