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Multiple Marginalities of an Immigrant Black Muslim Woman on a Predominantly White Campus
Journal of Negro Education (2016)
  • Keon M. McGuire, Arizona State University
  • Saskias Casanova
  • Charles H.F. Davis, III
Often scholarship concerning religion and spirituality overwhelmingly privileges White, male, Christian students’ perspectives and fail to interrogate the interplay of cultural, gender, and racial dynamics within these investigations. Even further, very few studies examine the experiences of those who occupy multiple marginalized social categories. Therefore, this study seeks to advance our collective knowledge by closely engaging the narrative of an individual case of a Black, Muslim, immigrant, female college student born in Saudi Arabia. Using intersectionality, particularly Collins’ matrix of domination, as the basis of the theoretical framework, we present findings that relate to how her gendered, religious, immigrant, racial, and ethnic identities influenced interactions across multiple communities and the strategies she used to navigate diverse educational spaces.
  • Higher Education,
  • Race,
  • Religion,
  • Student Development,
  • Islamophobia,
  • Racism,
  • Sexism
Publication Date
Summer 2016
Publisher Statement
The authors would like to thank Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University for their support in funding a visiting research fellowship leading to the production of this article.
Citation Information
McGuire, K. M., Casanova, S., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2016). Exploring the multiple marginality of a non-native born Black Muslim on a predominantly white campus. Journal of Negro Education, 85(3), 316-330