Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

4-8-2015

Publication Source

Academy of Educational Leadership: 2015 Allied Academies International Conference

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the multifaceted issue of cultural and religious challenges for an international Muslim group at a Catholic research institution. Measures employed by the university community to assert the friendliness of campus to students from other religions and student perceptions of the effectiveness of these measures are surveyed to reveal the inclusion of students from several religious affiliations, especially Muslim students. The study was based on in-depth interviews with Muslim students.

Data analysis revealed constructs that are pivotal to the case including consistency in affirming the Catholic identity of the university; intentionally avoiding the usage of solely Christian terminology; awareness of the culture of students from several religious affiliations; capitalizing on aspects of other religions connected to the Christian faith; and consciously spreading an atmosphere of appreciation for the other.

Inclusive pages

15-19

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

Document is made available for download with the permission of the author and pending permission from the publisher.

Publisher

Allied Academies

Volume

20

Issue

1

Keywords

Catholic Education, International Students, Muslim Students, Inclusive, Cultural Challenges