How educators could help tackle religious segregation

April 20, 2017, Taylor & Francis
Educators could be doing more to address the challenges and obstacles faced by Muslim students in modern times, a new research report published today in the Journal of Language, Identity and Education suggests. Credit: Taylor & Francis

Educators could be doing more to address the challenges and obstacles faced by Muslim students in modern times, a new research report published today in the Journal of Language, Identity and Education suggests.The research examines the experiences of Muslim ESL (English as a second language) students whilst studying in the US to identify what challenges they are faced with in their day-to-day life and how these could be overcome with the help of educators.

Based on his own experiences or experiences of those known personally, author Mohamed Yacoub outlines what "knapsack of invisible privileges" Muslim ESL students would like to possess. These include basic wishes which most students would take for granted such as being seen equally alongside other classmates in all senses, with similar political, personal and educational concerns. The research highlights some ways in which anti-Muslim hostility takes place, including vandalizing mosques, online cyberbullying and writing racist graffiti. Author Yacoub commented, "students undergo situations that indicate public space and some cities in the USA are exclusive to the dominant culture, and that any religious diversity is not welcome."

It is identified that there are four main external factors which shape the identity of Muslim ESL students including other students, the media, society and importantly professors. In the current political climate, it is identified that Muslim ESL students feel weakened and marginalized and henceforth do not speak up or protest about inappropriate treatment.

Yacoub outlines how educators could be assisting Muslim ESL 's positive self-image with activities such as coming up with counter arguments to rhetoric from anti-Muslim media channels, or creating a better dialogue or events that tell people who they really are. Partaking in activities such as these would allow the students to understand how important they are to the United States, and how important the United States is to them.

Author Yacoub said, "In the current political climate it is essential to highlight the unheard voice of international Muslim students in the United States."

It is warned however that these findings are not representative of the entire Muslim population in the US and should not be taken as such. The author recommends more empirical research into Muslim students' identity would be beneficial in order to further the field of the study and the findings of this research.

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More information: Journal of Language, Identity and Education, … 5348458.2017.1292854

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2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 20, 2017
"that any religious diversity is not welcome."

-An oxymoron. No religion by definition accepts the existence of another religion. 'No other gods before me'. And no religion can accept the separation of church and state. To them gods law is the only law and it ought to apply to everybody.

Any country which allows all religions is seeking to weaken and destroy all of them.
not rated yet Apr 21, 2017
real educator's goal should be to shed the light of logic on ALL the silliness associated with the myths - customs and beliefs of these stone age organizations - make fun of these clowns and perhaps we can reject foolishness en masse.
Dan dennett proposes that comparative religion be mandatory in schools as early and as often as possible.

-A society that makes all religions equal should also be responsible for instructing the most vulnerable of its citizens on how and why this is true.

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