Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World

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Stories of Identity reflects the way that migration affects personal identity and offers educators and students resources to examine this migration through methods of storytelling. It shares the experiences of immigrants in America and Europe from the individual to the collective through memoirs, journalistic accounts, and interviews. The book uses stories about family and upbringing, faith and doubt, religion, school and community, history and scholarship, interviews with young people and meditations from novelists and authors, including author Jumpa Lahiri (The Namesake), Ed Husain (The Islamist), Eboo Patel (Founder of the Inferaith Youth Core), and many more. These experiences reflect a recent and global phenomenon where identity and citizenship are challenged by the greater blurring of national boundaries. Exploring the stories of young migrants and their changing communities, Stories asks readers to reflect on the fluidity of identity.

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"This book is an extraordinarily valuable resource for educators, students, and parents committed to developing global competence. Engaging students in rigorous and critical reflections and dialogues about identity, [this book] will foster higher-order reasoning skills, creativity, imagination, and tolerance in the authentic context of engaging with dilemmas and opportunities offered by immigration and globalization today...An indispensable resource for those interested in preparing the next generation to invent a future in peace." --Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Stories of Identity is an important resource for students and teachers alike. The collection raises thoughtful questions about the future of Europe and what the lives of Muslims in Europe look like. The last century has been shaped by the idea that culture, territory, and community are strongly connected and that people who left their homeland are strange and that they can never truly belong to where they have settled. Every class has an outsider, but this book gives us all the opportunity to look at ourselves and our surroundings with new eyes. This book is leading us all to ask the right questions, which should not set us further apart but drive our gaze on the things that bind us together as humans." --Riem Spielhais, Scholar of Islamic Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin

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