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Nov 12 2019

Nadwa (Public Conversation): Marked and Policed: How and Why Immigrant Muslim Communities are Losing Women featuring Eman Abdelhadi

November 12, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Arab American Cultural Center 111 Stevenson Hall


701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


Eman Abdelhadi is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago in the Department of Comparative Human Development, where she will also serve as Assistant Professor as of 2021. She studies how religion intersects with other facets of daily life—including identity, social networks, political views and economic outcomes. Abdelhadi received her PhD from New York University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, both in Sociology.

Most research on Islam in America assumes that Muslims are consistently and uniformly tied to each other and to Muslim institutions like mosques and Muslim Student Associations. Yet, survey data show that almost half of Muslim Americans never attend the mosque and have very few Muslim friends. How and why does “unmosquing” happen and to whom? To answer these questions, I trace second generation immigrants’ engagement with Muslim communities across the life course using seventy life history interviews, and present four trajectories that emerge from these data. I find that while most Muslim Americans are heavily embedded in Muslim communities during childhood, the majority wander away during adolescence and early adulthood. In later stages, however, men tend to return while women tend to stay away. I discuss the ways that women and men’s experiences differ both in the family and in formal Muslim spaces, explaining this difference in outcomes.

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Arab American Cultural Center

Date posted

Oct 22, 2019

Date updated

Oct 22, 2019