Muslim Women - Coming to America Research Paper by Nicky

Muslim Women - Coming to America
An exploration of the experiences of Muslim women who relocate to the United States.
# 146818 | 6,785 words | 15 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper focuses on the myriad experiences of Muslim women who relocate from their home countries to the United States. The paper explains that not all Muslims who come to America come from the Middle East and not all are Arabs; the many different countries of origin for Muslim immigrants include Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Bosnia, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria. The paper asserts that learning English can help women become more comfortable and more willing to look into schooling, getting a job, and being more active in their communities; they may feel more "American" at that point, and this helps raise their confidence level. The paper concludes that only women themselves can decide which, if any, changes they want to make to their cultural attitude, their dress code, and how they raise their children; they should not feel required to become someone that they are not just so they can "fit in."

Differences in Values and Satisfaction with US Culture
Pressures on Family Life and Raising Children
Economic Pressures
The Burden of Immigration Paperwork and the System
Strategies for Adjusting
Resources in US Available to Help Persian Women

From the Paper:

"There are also other resources for these women. The Embassy is one of the best places to get information, and an Iranian woman does not have to live near one to get this needed information. She can call or write to the embassy and can be provided with information that will help her to become more comfortable with her new surroundings. Researching the culture on the Internet also helps because an Iranian woman can learn about the people that she now lives around and the culture that she is being immersed in. There are a lot of misconceptions on the Internet, however, so it is very important that Iranian women think about what they are being told and make an effort to determine whether it is accurate or not before simply accepting it as the truth about America."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bashir-Ali. K. (2003). Teaching Muslim girls in American schools. Social Education.
  • Borjas, G. J. 1990. Friends or Strangers: The impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy. New York: Basic Books.
  • Card, D. 2001. Immigrant inflows, native outflows, and the local labor market impacts of higher immigration. Journal of Labor Economics 19(1): 22-64.
  • Center for Labor Market Studies. 2002. immigrant Workers and the Great American Job Machine: The Contribution of New Foreign Immigration to National and Regional Labor Force Growth in the 1990s. Boston: Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, for National Business Roundtable, Washington, DC.
  • Chaichian, M. (1997). First Generation Iranian Immigrants and the Question of Cultural Identity: The Case of Iowa. The International Migration Review. 31.3, 612-627.

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