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Nasar, Rakin, oral history and interview

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Winston-Salem (N.C.)
creator
Dudgeon, Hollis
Nasar, Rakin
date
2019-11-07T14:39:51Z
2019-11-07T14:39:51Z
2017-12-11
2019-11-07 (issued)
description
Rakin Nasar is a Senior at Wake Forest University majoring in biology, with minors in Neuroscience and Southeast Asian Studies. Nasar is on the Wake Forest Debate Team, and is also the former Vice President of the Muslim Student Association. In this interview, Nasar talks about how his faith has changed over the years, from highly spiritual approach in his youth to a more ethical approach to Islam in college, and the impact of racialization of Islam on social identities around the nation and on campus. He expands on his muslim identity as a sense of advocacy for the familiar to his life, but highlights the diverse nature of the religious identity, and points to Islam being one of the most diverse religions in the US, that it is not tied to a national identity or a race, but is practiced in a multitude of ways by a multitude of peoples within this country alone. Nasar talks about ways to affirm muslim identities on campus, mentioning that he does not muslim friends to tell him he is a good muslim today but that simply saying hello affirms his existence and presence on campus. He discusses his personal negative experiences both in the classroom and on campus, as well as negative events that have happened on campus, providing insights into how the university can begin to rectify some of the damages done. He hopes that future muslim students at Wake will continue to pressure the university as much as they can, but to be creative in the ways that they address the needs of the muslim student body, expanding the offerings for hallal food on campus as well as advocating for their identities as a whole.
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audio/mp3
1:15:51
oral histories
Permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/95596
language
English
relation
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
History of Wake Forest University Oral Histories (RG53.1)
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subject
Muslim college students
Wake Forest University
Islam
title
Nasar, Rakin, oral history and interview
type
Sound

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