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Master of Education




Goli Rezai-Rashti


This study investigated the experiences of Muslim Canadian students attending institutions of higher education in the context of increasing Islamophobia. This study utilized qualitative case study methodology to investigate the following questions: (1) What are the experiences of Muslim Canadians attending institutions of higher education in the current context of Islamophobia? (2) How is the rising anti-Muslim sentiment impacting the academic performance of Muslim students? (3) How do Muslim students negotiate or navigate their identities subsequent to recent national and international tragic events (e.g. Paris Attacks, San Bernardino and other terrorist atrocities)? The students’ responses resulted in three major themes that included: (a) Islamophobia on Campus; (b) Strong religious identity, and Resisting and challenging Islamophobic sentiments; (c) Gendered Islamophobia. The findings of this research indicate that Muslim students have more attachment to their religious identity, are at the forefront of advocating for Muslims and are actively working to demystify Islamophobic notions.