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Muslim Girls Talk About Life on Campus

Torn between two cultures, female Muslim students must redefine their relations to their male counterparts, justify their lifestyle choices to other Muslim women and integrate into the receiving society. They face many challenges; each meets them in her own way. Most Muslim college girls don’t wear head-coverings and religion does not play a large role in their daily lives. But even among the most observant students, the girls’ attitude towards the veil they wear and outlook on the receiving society varies widely from one group to another, even from one student to another. Contrary to stereotype, Muslim girls are not all alike: in fact, they have many faces. 

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* Rafif, Sedra, Serene and other girls, all students at John Abbott College, in their prayer room.

This article is part of a series on the diversity of values and religious beliefs in colleges and universities and is presented with the financial support of:

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