Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi was a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education when she began research for “The New Post 9/11 Reality: Isolation Versus Insulation.” Her area of interest was Western women specifically that have converted to IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., i.e. American of any descent. At the time of this research, she wrote:
As children following the feminist movement many of us have been encouraged to pursue academics and careers. I want to see though how becoming Muslim might create a new glass ceiling in hiring or promotion for both those women that cover or not. I have designed a survey that has been distributed through multiple chanels to explore these issues. I am looking at race, age, SES, education, and professional experience also as other issues factoring in to discrimination or lack thereof. Finally, I hope to see if this is pushing these women into more Islamic work environments (Islamic-owned businesses or schools for example) or if that is a conscious choice, thus the title Isolation or Insulation. I plan to conduct 5-10 more in-depth interviews of some of the respondents and collect their workplace stories. Many of the respondents have also volunteered their conversion experiences as well.
Selected Links and Publications
- Publication: Isolation versus Insulation [.pdf]