Graduation Date

Spring 2017

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Applied Anthropology

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Mary Scoggin

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Marissa Ramsier

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Ms. Rebecca Robertson

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



This thesis examines through qualitative data how the dominant narrative shapes the experiences of women in France who wear hijab and in the United States who wear hijab or niqab at educational institutions. This research focuses on what roles do cultural symbolism, colonial ideology and political propaganda play in continuing the dominant narrative in this context in both France and the United States. This study further advocates based on its findings that educational institutions must promote more cross-cultural dialog and a larger representation of accurate depictions of Muslim women. This research states that this can be achieved through “decolonizing” the curriculum and having more curriculum flexibility in regards to reading choices.

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