Harold Morales recently presented a talk titled “Islam, Latinamente: The Triple Bind of Gender, Race, and Religion” at the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 national conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
In it, he explored how representations of Islam in American Spanish language media have promoted negative stereotypes of Muslims within contemporary Latino communities. Of particular concern has been negative representations of Muslim women as oppressed by Islamic patriarchy. Latinas, who often choose to veil after embracing Islam, report distinctively gendered experiences resulting from these misconceptions.
Based on interviews and ethnographic research, Morales’ talk helped to shed light on how Latina Muslim women navigate patriarchy within their Latino and Muslim communities.
Department of Religious Studies