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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor

Dr. Lilian Magalhães

Abstract

The increasing rate of the Muslim population in Canada suggests the need to gain a better understanding of the cultural influences of Islamic faith and health related perceptions. Although research has been done in exploring the experiences of Muslim women, much of this work has been focused on the experiences of Muslim women as recipients of healthcare or in different professional settings, with little attention paid to the challenges Muslim women face as service providers within the Canadian healthcare. This thesis enhances the understanding of the experiences of Muslim women healthcare professionals in Canada by bringing to light the struggles of a group considered to be in the margins of the society. A critical narrative perspective was adopted using in-depth interviews with four participants. The findings of this study provide valuable insights that may contribute to build a culturally competent healthcare environment in Canada.


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