Amani Hamdan


Studies focusing exclusively on the connection between Arab Muslim women’s educational pursuits and their gender perceptions, and how their gender perceptions may have changed as a result of living in two different cultures, are rarely conducted. Additionally, the factors that may influence an Arab Muslim woman’s educational pursuits seem seldom investigated. This article is highlighting some factors that may influence Arab Muslim women’s gender perceptions. In researching Arab Muslim women’s experiences, I considered the diversity and multiplicity of their race, ethnicity, class, and experience. How Arab Muslim women construct the gender aspect of their identities and how these identities may have changed or shifted as a result of living in Canada and attending Canadian educational institutions is explored. The cultural and religious reproduction of gender socialization is a major part of the analysis in this article.

Author Biography

Amani Hamdan Alghamdi has recently obtained her PhD at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. The PhD dissertation title is Quilted narratives of Arab Muslim women’s tapestry: Intersecting educational experiences and gender perceptions. Amani worked as a volunteer to help new immigrants from Arab Muslim nations. She taught Multicultural Education courses for pre-service teachers at the University of Western Ontario.