Transnationalism And Muslim Youth

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Transnationality is an effective conceptual framework that helps to better understand the presence, attitudes, and identity complications of Muslim youth and their parents. Bradatan et al., (2010) point out that transnationals operate cognitively and emotionally within the domains of two worlds and have an attachment to both places. Transnationalism and the sense of diaspora that apply well to Muslim migrants in the States is mainly ascribed to their spiritual connection to their home countries and is negatively exacerbated by the widely spread unfavorable perception toward their faith and their group membership.
Against the backdrop of living the diaspora as immigrants who always have that sense of attachment to where they came from, Muslims in the US encounter a massive culture that skeptically frame them as the other. Othering takes several forms “from television shows about sleeper cells to racial profiling and even to overrepresentation of news coverage of people and events presumably associated with Islam” (Tindongan, 2011, p. 73) This package of over scrutinization, constant suspicion, and exclusionary culture, puts a heavy load on Muslim adolescents and problematize their growing amid tenuous
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Two features characterize the experiences of those youth; the transnationality and positioning them by the mainstream sentiment following 9/11 as the ‘enemy outsiders’. Arab Muslim youth as descendants of immigrants have emotional ties to their original homelands and their presence in the US is often contested by a dominant portrayal and deeply held constructed belief that they are the dangerous other. The sense of belonging and national identification for the Arab Muslim youth in the U.S. is complicated by the ongoing conflicts, the human struggles and the destabilized terrains to which they have an emotional

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