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Beyond Accommodation

Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Beyond Accommodation

Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians

Problems – of integration, failed political participation, and requests for various kinds of accommodation – seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nations. Beyond Accommodation offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. The authors critique the model of reasonable accommodation, suggesting that it disempowers religious minorities by implicitly privileging Christianity and by placing the onus on minorities to make formal requests for accommodation. Through interviews, Muslim Canadians show that informal negotiation takes place all the time; scholars, however, have not been paying attention. This book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

284 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Figures That Haunt the Everyday

2 Knowledge Production and Muslim Canadians’ Historical Trajectories

3 Secularism in Canada

4 Narratives of Navigation and Negotiation

5 Mutual Respect and Working Out Difference

Conclusion

Notes; References; Index

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