Dissertation Abstracts

Keeping it all a Halal Muslim- Identity Formation among Second-Generation Muslim Canadians in Toronto and Montreal

Author: Amny Athamny, amny.athamny@gmail.com
Department: Sociology
University: University of Toronto , Canada
Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Landolt
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Muslim , Second-Generation , Canadian Cities , Identity
Areas of Research: Migration , Women in Society , Youth


I examine how second-generation Muslim Canadians construct and perceive their identity. My research focuses on the daily life of this group and how they navigate their choices in Canadian urban centers like Toronto and Montreal. In literature if is often argued that being Muslim and Canadian are two dimensions of identity that are incompatible. Through in depth interviews I ask the participants between 18-35-year-old on how they define themselves in terms of their identity, what are the different aspects or dimension of their identity, and how this dictates their daily interactions. In addition, the research delves into the gendered experience of the participants and how gender shapes their lives as Muslim Canadians. Lastly, the difference between Toronto as an English urban center vs. Montreal as a French urban center and how second-generation Muslim Canadians position themselves in, is examined.