Graduation Date

Fall 12-18-2020

Grading Professor

Felipe de la Hoz

Subject Concentration

Spanish Language

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This is a story about two Latina Muslims--a formerly Islamophobic young Peruvian Baptist missionary, a middle-aged Afro-Dominican woman in recovery from substance use--who met at a crossroads. It is also a story about what happened after: pre-pandemic, the unsafe safe spaces for converts that led them to start their own support group; post-pandemic, the sparks of a transnational movement of Latina Muslims at a time when political pundits were just recognizing the fallacy of a monolith of “Latinos.”

From an unconscious-bias workshop in a cramped Astoria, Queens apartment to Zoom meetings of Latina Muslims nationwide and from Mexican villages with a Muslim population of one, from COVID-era hikes that included male friends for the first time to the first Latina-only Islamic conference of young groups worldwide, I report on what Gabriella and Jocelyn’s story says about the why and how of the fastest-growing group of Muslim-Americans since 9/11 and roots that span a Moorish past--to the future of Latina Muslims as a group that resists definition.


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