Religious Perspective

MEET A MUSLIM

There are many Muslims (native or foreign born) who attend this campus. You can locate them in many places such as: 

Jack Brown Hall (studying business/computer science), or around the College of Education (getting an M.A. in a subfield of education) or around the College of Natural Science studying fields such as Public Health/Nursing, or close to the Yasuda Center Building (this last group is usually made up of foreign students who attend our campus to learn English before they get admitted to pursue a degree). 

Your other option is to meet Muslims off campus who live in the Inland Empire.

(Attention, if YOU are a Muslim student taking this class, then, do the same assignment BUT choose a person from another faith tradition or interview someone who is not affiliated with any particular faith).

As you meet the person you are interviewing, answer the following questions:

1-What is his/her background (name, age, profession, origins)? Is he/she a recent immigrant, the son/daughter of an immigrant, are his/her parent’s natives to the U.S., or is he/she a convert to Islam? (200) words – 2 points)

2-How does he/she go about practicing his/her religion in the U.S.? Is it easy? Challenging? Unique in any particular way?  (200 words – 2 points)

3-What are his/her aspirations? In YOUR opinion, are they any different from those who are Americans of different faiths or those who don’t affiliate themselves with any particular faith?  (200 words – 2 points)

4-What are his/her greatest fears? Does he/she worry about the political climate in the U.S.?  (200 words – 2 points)

5-Has that person faced any religious or ethnic based discrimination or bullying? If so, how did he/she deal with them?  If not him/or her, does he/she know any of his/her Muslim friends who experienced discrimination or bullying? What was the nature of the bullying/discrimination? (200 words – 2 points)

6-If he/she or one of his/her family/friends had faced religious discrimination, has he/she ever reported it to a-his/her family, b-to his administrators (at school or work place) and/or c-official authority (police, FBI, civil rights group, etc.) If yes, how did he/she go about it? If not, why didn’t he/she report the incident? (200 words – 2 points)

7-How has this interview changed you, as a student?  (200 words – 3 points)

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