Writing Assn 3 - Shelby Jacquemain 11/18/11 Religion...

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Shelby Jacquemain 11/18/11 Religion 246-002 Different religious ceremonies on a diverse campus such as the University of Michigan are easy to come across to. Religions practiced on campus range from Christianity to Buddhism, and many in between. For the ethnography, I decided to venture into the realm of Islam. There are many different Islamic practices to choose from; however the best opportunity I found was a Muslim prayer-gathering put on by the Muslim Student Association (MSA). My roommate from freshman year is a Muslim and an active member of MSA. Due to our friendship, I was able to contact her and ask if I could attend a prayer gathering that is held every Friday afternoon. She agreed and so my effort to learn more about the religion of Islam began. In attempting to go about this task, there were obstacles that I had expected, others I hadn’t, as well as ones I was fortunate enough to avoid. One of which hindered my ability to attend was the time and day of the event. Because I work every Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, I had to take off work in order to attend the gathering took place on Friday at 2:15 PM. The location, which could have been a potential problem, ended up being in a convenient location on the University of Michigan’s campus: East Hall. It very well could have taken place at a Mosque in another town, which would have brought about the issue of transportation. Since MSA is a student-based organization, the gathering welcomed visitors not only to those who practiced Islamic faith but also to those who had interest. This allowed me to attend the event with no questions asked. One thing that many might have found discomfort in is the fact that, as a Caucasian, I was a 1
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minority. There were varying ethnicities including African, South Asian, Indonesian, Syrian, and Iraqi, to name a few. I have been in many situations where I was a minority, so it did not impact my experience. During the prayer gathering, one aspect I hadn’t expected was the speaking of another language aside from English. I learned later that Arabic was being spoken as parts of the Quran were read. Even though the speaker explained afterwards for those that didn’t understand, it made following what was being said somewhat difficult. Another aspect that perhaps didn’t influence me as much as it could have due to my frequent interactions with the Muslim community is allowing my own religious beliefs get in the way of properly observing the ceremony. For the most part, I felt that my own Christian views did not impede on the experience. Lastly, the length of the ceremony could have been a potential problem. But it was fairly brief, only 45 minutes long, and I was still able to get a lot out of it. Now the actual experience was definitely a new encounter that truly made me
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course ANTHCULT 246 taught by Professor Webbkeane during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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Writing Assn 3 - Shelby Jacquemain 11/18/11 Religion...

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