Nadia Khan

Junior Fellow
2017

As a Junior Fellow, I look forward to developing and presenting a dissertation chapter. My dissertation focuses on debates amongst American Muslim parents, religious scholars, and parenting experts trained in Western psychology about childrearing. I compare findings from my ethnographic research with American Muslim parents with treatises on childrearing written by religious scholars. I question whether some American Muslims may be selectively practicing the sharia by raising their children in ways that differ considerably from childrearing practices prescribed by the Muslim discursive tradition. How do American Muslim parents instill sharia-mindedness in their children when powerful voices are trying to convince Americans that this same sharia law is a creeping threat to the American way of life, singularly defined? I am grateful to the Martin Marty Center for giving me the opportunity to discuss this question not only with my colleagues and faculty, but also with the broader community.