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