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Being Canadian and Ahmadi Muslim: exploring identity formation of young Ahmadi Muslim women

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posted on 24.05.2021, 09:14 authored by Aisha Mohammad
This study explored the identity formation of young women from a minority Muslim group known as Ahmadis in Canada. Nine unstructured interviews were conducted with women between the ages of 20-26. The questions that this study explored were: How do Ahmadi Muslim women understand and negotiate their identities? What are the factors that shaped and influenced their identity? The participants noted various components of Canadian and Ahmadi identity. Being Canadian meant having multiculturalism/ diversity, being accepting, polite, watching hockey and eating foods such as poutine. Being Ahmadi Muslim meant to have a strong sense of community (Jama ‘at), a sense of sisterhood and unity. The study also found various factors which shaped the identities of these young women which included family, friends, location, the Jama ‘at (community) and parent’s immigration history. Recommendations for theory and practice are provided as well as implications for future research. Key Words: Identity, Ahmadi Muslim women, Identity formation, Canadian





Master of Arts


Immigration and Settlement Studies

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type