Using the Hijab in Teaching and Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Muslim Students
If you are a Muslim teacher, you know the importance of educating students about religion and culture. But did you know that Muslims face a lot of discrimination in schools? Here are some ways to ensure that your classrooms are more inclusive for Muslim students.
Defamation of Muslims on September 11
The United States government did not support resolution 62/154. The document, which was cobbled together on behalf of the Islamic states, included a non-binding text. In fact, a number of other nations did not take part in the voting, including Australia. Nonetheless, there is one notable thing about this document. That is the sheer number of states which voted for it.
While there was no formal vote in the Senate, many state governments did participate in the defamation of Muslims on September 11 debate. Those involved included the United States, as well as several European countries. Despite the fact that these states have very different religious cultures, there is still one thing that they have in common.
One of the defining characteristics of the post-9/11 world is the fact that the vast majority of these communities are Muslims. These groups have been targeted by an array of measures, from the fingerprinting initiative to the more mundane measures of immigration.
As such, they have had to grapple with a complicated identity. While the notion of "Muslim" has become synonymous with "other," there are more sophisticated literary works which point to the fact that the Islamic world is not monolithic. Among the more notable examples is the recent influx of converts to Islam in the US. This trend has been in full swing since September.
On the flipside, there are also instances of repression and inclusion. The repressive aspect of the situation is exemplified by the arrests of a large number of Muslim citizens of Middle Eastern descent. The inclusion is on display in the form of public education programs sponsored by institutions that have previously denied such access to their members.
Discriminatory culture in the schools
One of the biggest challenges facing Muslim students today is the occurrence of discriminatory culture in schools. Students, teachers, and administrators must work together to create inclusive learning environments that are free from misogyny, racism, and xenophobia.
According to a recent study by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), 55 percent of American Muslim students have experienced bullying. This is twice the national average. The report also documents cases of discrimination against Muslim students in California.
CAIR has called for reporting of discrimination against Muslim students in schools and calls on the U.S. government to address the threat of terrorism.
In the last decade, Muslims have faced increased discrimination, including mistreatment due to their faith and perceived association with terrorism. These incidents have caused low expectations and discouragement among Muslim youth. A new report by CAIR is calling for better reporting of such incidents and expunging Islamophobic rhetoric from schools.
The report is based on a survey conducted of more than 600 American Muslim students. Those who participated in the survey said they had experienced harassment, bullying, and negative attitudes in school. More than half of the respondents also reported that they were treated negatively by fellow students, as well as teachers and administrators.
The survey found that one in five Muslim students had experienced discrimination by staff members at school. For some students, the experience was even more severe. Among students who wear hijabs, 29 percent had been exposed to offensive touching by classmates or class teachers.
Among parents, a greater percentage of Jewish and Protestant parents have witnessed bullying because of their child's religion. Twenty-two percent of white evangelicals and Catholics had experienced religious discrimination.
Peer pressure on other Muslim girls to wear the veil
Many young Muslim girls face peer pressure and bullying at school. Wearing the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, can be a sign of modesty. It is also a symbol of identity.
In many Muslim countries, a girl's decision to wear a hijab is seen as a protest against the oppression of women by men. But, in the West, it has been a source of controversy.
The issue of veil has been studied in several studies. One study by Fani and colleagues (2020) explored the decision to wear the hijab among Iranian women. This study focused on how women's religious beliefs are influenced by the sociocultural context in which they live.
Another study by the At Home in Europe Project aimed to find out what actually happens in public spaces, and to distinguish misrepresentations from real-life experiences. This report explores how the veil affects women's daily lives, from their views on legislation to their perception of their backgrounds.
Despite recent legal decisions allowing Muslims to use their bodies in a more active way, the veil still remains a controversial topic. Not only are there social and legal implications for wearing the veil, but it is a symbol of power and self-control.
A study in Indonesia found that 75% of women wear the veil. Researchers found that these women have experienced various forms of abuse. They include verbal and physical abuse, as well as intimidation by their peers.
In addition, some Muslim girls are forced to wear the hijab, or niqab, in order to attend school. Their classmates might threaten them, or intimidate them into having illegal relationships with other students.
Some girls are bullied for not wearing the hijab, and it can result in public humiliation. While some have been able to wear the veil on occasion, the majority of girls face constant peer pressure.
Educating faculty and students about religion on campuses
If you want to educate faculty and students about religion on campus, you should do so carefully. You might find yourself in a bind. Your own views may be a divisive point of contention.
The issue of religious liberty is at the center of the battle for freedom on campus. Colleges that have historically been anti-religious are beginning to shift their policies. This is a good thing. It means you can learn more about other religious beliefs without violating your own.
There are many ways to do this. First, look for any policy that promises religious liberty. Ask the university you are applying to for a specific policy on religious equality.
You may also ask if the school has any policies about discrimination. Often, colleges have "anti-harassment" laws that prohibit speech that is deemed offensive. Those who are offended by speech from religious groups may have grounds to file a discrimination complaint.
You may also look at any promotional materials that the college has created. Press releases or letter writing campaigns can also change campus minds.
In a university setting, students and faculty are often more interested in learning about the world than about their own religious beliefs. That's why it is important to avoid stifling the right of people to freely express their views.
Rather than engaging in an open debate about the merits of various religious views, many students and professors tend to treat them as intellectually faulty or morally compromised. They are sometimes called "fundamentalists" and treated as intolerant.
Religious students are also victims of hate campaigns. Some schools have banned religious student groups. Others have placed sweeping "anti-harassment" regulations on their campuses.