Religious conversion to Islam and its influence on workplace relationships in American and Egyptian schools: a case study

Melanie Carol Brooks

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    This single-subject case study explored one teacher s religious conversion to Islam and her workplace relationships in the United States and Egypt. Key findings of the study suggested that social context of schools influenced workplace relationships. As a Muslim-American teacher working in the American public schools, she was uncomfortable revealing her Muslim identity. Teaching in an Islamic-American school, she was welcomed as a member of the community. In Egypt, she viewed the schools through an American lens and chose to outwardly disapprove of administrative decisions. Her Muslim identity had no bearing on her ability to gain acceptance; rather, it was her overconfidence and ego that harmed her workplace relationships. Although Amy failed to foster positive interpersonal relationships while teaching, she continued to pursue teaching, hoping for a better situation at another Egyptian private school.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83 - 109
    Number of pages27
    JournalEducational Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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