Producing Islam(s) in Canada: On Knowledge, Positionality, and Politics

Edited by Amélie Barras, Jennifer A. Selby, and Melanie Adrian

© 2021

In the last twenty years, public interest in Islam and how Muslims express their religious identity in Western societies has grown exponentially. In parallel, the study of Islam in the Canadian academy has grown in a number of fields since the 1970s, reflecting a diverse range of scholarship, positionalities, and politics. Yet, academic research on Muslims in Canada has not been systematically assessed.

In Producing Islam(s) in Canada, scholars from a wide range of disciplines come together to explore what is at stake with representations of Islam(s) and Muslims in academic scholarship. Given the centrality of representations of Canadian Muslims in current public policy and public imaginaries that effect how all Canadians experience religious diversity, an analysis of this knowledge production at this crucial time is significant.

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In Producing Islam(s) in Canada, twenty-nine interdisciplinary scholars analyze how academics have thought, researched and written on Islam and Muslims in Canada since the 1970s.

Producing Islam(s) in Canada: On Knowledge, Positionality, and Politics

Edited by Amélie Barras, Jennifer A. Selby, and Melanie Adrian

© 2021

In the last twenty years, public interest in Islam and how Muslims express their religious identity in Western societies has grown exponentially. In parallel, the study of Islam in the Canadian academy has grown in a number of fields since the 1970s, reflecting a diverse range of scholarship, positionalities, and politics. Yet, academic research on Muslims in Canada has not been systematically assessed.

In Producing Islam(s) in Canada, scholars from a wide range of disciplines come together to explore what is at stake with representations of Islam(s) and Muslims in academic scholarship. Given the centrality of representations of Canadian Muslims in current public policy and public imaginaries that effect how all Canadians experience religious diversity, an analysis of this knowledge production at this crucial time is significant.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Amélie Barras is an associate professor in the Department of Social Science at York University.


    Jennifer A. Selby is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and an affiliate member of the Department of Gender Studies at Memorial University.


    Melanie Adrian is an associate professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Amir Hussain

    Introduction
    Jennifer A. Selby, Amélie Barras & Melanie Adrian

    I. Examining Knowledge Production on Islam
    Epistemologies of the “Muslim Question” in Europe. On the Politics of Knowledge Production in a Minefield
    Schirin Amir-Moazami

    Research Funding and the Production of Knowledge about Islam: The Case of SSHRC
    Aaron Hughes

    Ecologies of Knowledge Production As a MENA Scholar:
    An INTERVIEW with Lara Deeb
    Introduction and Interview by: Sahver Kuzucuoglu

    The Study of Islam(s) and Western Academia:
    An INTERVIEW with Anver Emon
    Introduction and Interview by: Rehan Sayeed

    2. Charting the Study of Islam(s) and Muslims in Canada
    Who are “Muslims in Canada?” Analysis of the Qualitative Literature from 1997-2017
    Jennifer A. Selby, Amélie Barras & Lori G. Beaman

    Studying Muslim Minorities in Canada: Pitfalls Facing Researchers Attempting to Turn
    a Racialized Category into a Category of Analysis
    Paul Eid

    Time for a ‘Hijab Ban’?: Rethinking the Hypervisibility of Veiling in Scholarship on Islam in North America
    Sadaf Ahmed

    Expressions of Sufism in Canada
    Meena Sharify-Funk and Jason Sparkes

    Unpacking Media Coverage, Islam and Ismaili Muslims in Canada:
    An Interview With Karim Karim
    Introduction and Interview by: Mehmet Ali Basak

    The Relational Approach to Integration in Canada:
    An Interview with Abdolmohammad Kazemipur
    Introduction and Interview by: Sara Hamed

    3. Positioning the Self
    Researching One’s Own Community: Insights from Montreal’s Muslim Community
    Hicham Tiflati and Abdul Aziz Djaout

    Cooking up Research: Positionality and the Knowledge Production of Islam(s)
    Rachel Brown

    Fieldworking while Veiled: Autoethnography of a Brown + Muslim + Female Researcher in Québec
    Roshan Arah Jahangeer

    The Interplay of Identity in Ethnographic Conversations: The Grammar of Recognition in Conversion Narratives
    Géraldine Mossière

    On Critical Muslim Studies, Anti-Islamophobia and Canadian Islamic Schools: An Interview with Jasmin Zine
    Introduction and Interview by: Mehmet Ali Basak

    4. Future Trends
    Mixed Methods and Comparative Approaches to Studying Muslim Immigrant Women in Canada
    Catherine Holtmann

    Influencing the Public Imaginary: The Case of a Montreal Islamic school
    Melanie Adrian

    2(b) or not 2(b): The Expressive Value of the Niqab in Canada
    Natasha Bakht

    Gendering Everyday Islam, Border-Crossings and The Production of “Alternative Knowledge”
    Parin Dossa

    Activist and Academic: An Interview with Katherine Bullock
    Interviewer: Sara Hamed

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