Event Title

Minorities in Islam

Presentation Type

Paper

Department

Religion

Description

I began my research on Islam by talking to my childhood friend, Gizman Baraso, about her Muslim faith. From listening to her describe her own personal experience, I was able to determine the direction I wanted to take with my research. Gizman is a female Ethiopian Sunni Muslim; she feels that much of her perspective on life is affected by being a triple minority, and she has noticed ways that the Muslim religious community responds to her gender and race. In this essay, I will use information from Gizman’s story and incorporate insight from additional sources to better understand and explain what it is like to be an adherent of a minority religion, such as Islam, in America, along with what it is like to be a racial and gender minority in the Muslim community.

Comments

This paper was presented as part of the World Religions course (MSSN 3403) taught by Dr. Barbara Pemberton.

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Minorities in Islam

I began my research on Islam by talking to my childhood friend, Gizman Baraso, about her Muslim faith. From listening to her describe her own personal experience, I was able to determine the direction I wanted to take with my research. Gizman is a female Ethiopian Sunni Muslim; she feels that much of her perspective on life is affected by being a triple minority, and she has noticed ways that the Muslim religious community responds to her gender and race. In this essay, I will use information from Gizman’s story and incorporate insight from additional sources to better understand and explain what it is like to be an adherent of a minority religion, such as Islam, in America, along with what it is like to be a racial and gender minority in the Muslim community.

 

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