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The Ethics of Research with Muslim Immigrant Women

We are delighted to announce the first featured article for the new issue of ANS – Volume 40 Issue 1 – officially published today on the ANS website! The article is timely given the current affairs worldwide placing many people at risk based on their Muslim religion.  The article is titled “A Bicultural Researcher’s Reflections on Ethical Research Practices With Muslim Immigrant Women Merging Boundaries and Challenging Binaries,” authored by Jordana Salma, MN; Linda Ogilvie, PhD; Norah Keating, PhD and Kathleen F. Hunter, PhD.  The lead author, Jordana Salma, provided this message about this work:

Jordana Salma

There are manuscripts that I have written because I have to. This manuscript I wrote because I needed to. I am, to put it in the simplest terms possible, a bilingual bicultural Muslim Lebanese Canadian woman. The convoluted nature of trying to capture in writing this aspect of my identity was amplified ten-fold in living this identity while doing research.  It took me a year of writing and re-writing, with the support and input of my co-authors, to complete the finished version you see in ANS. I began writing to make sense of my experiences of completing a dissertation research project. My co-authors frequently reminded me to move beyond personal reflection towards thinking about the implications of my experiences for the broader community of researchers engaged in research activities with Arab and Muslim women. I could not have completed the final version without their mentorship and perspectives. I see this article as highlighting three points:

  • Bicultural researchers can uncover ethical tensions because they live between worlds and, subsequently, are witness to different world views, normative practices, and ethical systems.
  • Muslim women, both as researchers and as research participants, can and should be actively engaged in shaping ethical research practices.
  • Feminist and Islamic perspectives can be utilized together to reconcile perceived ethical tensions when doing research.

Readers will interpret and draw on different aspects of this article based on their personal needs and insights. I do hope that the article supports in some small way the ongoing discussions around inclusion, equity, and diversity in our research spaces. I am excited to continue this conversation with communities of researchers actively working to promote and advocate for ethical research practices.

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