Anti-racist teaching, student ethnography and the multiracial model of Islam

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My Ethnography of the University (EUI) course 'Muslims in America' introduces undergraduate students to the racialisation of Islam and Muslims in the U.S. at large, and in the University in particular. In this article, I describe how an anti-racist pedagogy coupled with student ethnographic research can yield a rich learning process. Beginning with one of the key debates in the scholarship on Muslims in the United States, I introduce students to the productive ways in which a multiracial history of American Islam can inform their ethnographic research. Additionally, I elaborate the potential for student research to transform university policy. The University offers a valuable ethnographic site for the critical study of the history and place of Muslims in U.S. society, politics and culture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-63
JournalLearning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • anti-racism
  • ethnography
  • multiracial Islam
  • Muslims
  • United States


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