Exploring the Narrated Experiences of Three International Muslim Students in a U.S. University


  • Mohamed A. Yacoub Florida International University, USA




Minority, Islam, Muslim Students, lived experiences


This study explores the narrated lived experiences of three international Muslim students in a US university. The study took place at a northeastern public university in the USA and used a narrative research methodology in which the three participants were interviewed twice and asked to share materials and artifacts. The study has two main goals: First, it enriches our understanding of the participants’ lived experiences. Second, it utilizes the participants’ narrated experiences to develop pedagogical implications for programs and professors to empower minority students, such as the Muslim student population. The findings of this study reveal that the participants needed more support from their professors and departments to increase their visibility and empower them. Such support can come from means of critical pedagogy practices that challenge mainstream students’ misconceptions and biases about their Muslim peers.


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Author Biography

Mohamed A. Yacoub, Florida International University, USA

MOHAMED A. YACOUB, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Program in the English Department at Florida International University. His major research interests include minority students' identity, sense of belonging and persistence, and writing program structures. Dr. Yacoub has published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Language, Identity & Education; The Qualitative Report; PLOS ONE; Millennium Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences; Contrastive Grammar; and others. Email: myacoub@fiu.edu.



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