Women and Community

Essay, Due Week 9
Topic: This Essay is based on the topic Women and Community related
to the course materials in modules 6 and 7.
Step 1: Read carefully the following essays:
Zine, J. (2008, Spring). Honour
and identity: An ethnographic account of Muslim girls in a Canadian
Islamic school. Topia, 19, 35–61.
Mcmurray, A. (2008). Hotep and
hip-hop: Can black Muslim women be down with hip-hop? Meridians: Feminism, race, transnationalism, 8(1), pp. 74–92.
Both authors draw attention to the double
standards within their own Muslim community as a problem for Muslim women
living in an environment where Muslims are a minority. Some of their concerns
relate to:
Rigid regulation of
gender-based structures
Gender inequity
Policing of young Muslim
women’s bodies.
Control of young women’s
Imposition of a single ideal
type to which all young Muslim women are expected to conform
Step 2: Summarize the main arguments of each author. Clearly note down
some of their criticism of the double standards for women and men within each
community. What reasons do the authors give for these double standards? What
are some of their concerns about the effects of these double standards on young
Muslim women?
Step 3: Do you agree that young Muslim women in Canada face double
standards of the kind noted by these authors? Provide examples. Do you agree or
disagree with the authors’ criticism of such controls and limits on young
Muslim women? Explain why or why not.
Step 4: At any point in your paper you must refer to at least one incident
or event reported in print, visual, or social media from 2015–16. This event
should be used to support either the argument of the authors or your
own arguments. Be sure to provide full citations.
Step 5:
Objective: Your essay must demonstrate that you have read and
clearly understood the arguments of both authors. You may, but are not
required to, use any other reading from this course to
support your arguments. However no outside reference is
permitted except for the news event.
Length: 2,000 words
Grade: 20 marks
Requited: Running header or footer on each page with student
name, year, and page number
Style: Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced:
The paper must have an introduction,
a body, and a conclusion. You may use the first person, i.e. “I” or “we”
Include a title page.
Provide a complete
Use in-text citations with
page numbers for all references to authors, in addition to direct quotes
Submission: Online, through D2L Brightspace Dropbox only
Essay Grading Criteria
Excellent (A- to A+), Good (B- to B+),
Satisfactory (C- to C+), Adequate (D- to D+) or Inadequate (F) to the degree to
which it meets the following criteria:
A solid understanding
of each author’s main arguments, evidenced by a clear and concise summary that
engages analytical and conceptual aspects of the argument rather than
mechanical and descriptive discussion.
Discussion is clear
and well explained. Should demonstrate analysis, evaluation, and reflection
rather than description and summary.
Careful use of quotes,
facts, details from text to support, illustrate, and enhance rather than
repeat, rephrase, or restate.
Structure and writing:
connections, transitions, flow of writing, sentence construction, grammar, and
spelling. Citations are appropriate and free of mistakes.
Conform to the
assignment guidelines.