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Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians

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Institute of Islamic Studies

170 St. George Street

Jackman Humanities Building, Seminar Room 530

Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8

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Problems of integration, failed political participation, and requests of all kinds – seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nation states. Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. Co-authors Jennifer Selby and Amélie Barras will explore critiques of ‘reasonable accommodation’, suggesting that it disempowers religious minorities by placing the onus on them to make requests for accommodation and by implicitly privileging Christianity. Based on interviews for the study, Barras and Selby focus on Muslim Canadians to show how informal negotiation takes place all the time in the shadow of the formal model of ‘reasonable accommodation’. In contrast to the existing literature that pays little attention to these informal moments, this book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

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