President's Showcase

Janeen Green

Poster Presentation, Ballroom D
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Dr. Lisa Scott Undergraduate Research Award

Embodying Islamic Communities: Women's Discernment of Identity in Dearborn, Michigan
Supervising Professor: Dr. Joseph Hellweg
A senior double-majoring in Religion and Humanities, Janeen Green is an Honors in the Major student who is passionate about human rights, social justice, and intercultural communication. After studying abroad in London, England during the summer of 2021, Ms. Green returned to Florida State and interned at the Center for Global Engagement as the Administrative Intern for the Global Citizenship Certificate (GCC), which she is currently enrolled in. She later participated in The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. by attending professional development seminars regularly while simultaneously interning at The Well News. Ms. Green became the President of FSU's Religion Club (SORCE) in the Fall of 2022 and is a member of Alliance for Black Women. This past March, Ms. Green attended Johns Hopkins University's Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium to present her research on Black women's passages through European art. She was selected as the College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Humanitarian of the Year and received an Academic Leadership Award.


Arab American Muslim women living in Dearborn, Michigan find themselves situated at the intersection of Islam, feminism, and American culture. Faced with ethical challenges in their lives, these women adapt Islam to different contexts in order to make decisions that are responsive to their communities while remaining authentic to themselves. These ethical theorists cultivate a process of discerning the relative priority they give to various influences in their lives and engage in negotiation on them with their families, friends, and their broader communities. They are able to draw on a repertoire of diverse cultural rhetorics available to them to fashion themselves in very diverse ways within the community that may be perceived from the outside world as homogenous and inflexible but are, in fact, not. The Islamic communities in Dearborn reflect the diversity we see in the United States, especially with narratives providing reflection and imitation for Muslim women to exercise their agency in various spaces. Interviews with civil rights attorneys, human rights advocates, religious leaders, and academics were conducted over four weeks through open-ended, semi-structured interviews and focused life-history interviews. One small focus group also occurred and consisted of Yemeni American Muslim women which enabled them to share their thoughts on key themes that arise in the overlap between Islam and women's flourishing. As home to the largest Muslim population in the United States, Dearborn, Michigan allowed the researcher to immerse within the Arab world as conditions in the Middle East prevented any research to occur.

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