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Syrian Malabar Christian Diaspora in Canada: Women and the Rebuilding of Faith

Lina Samuel, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has recently published a chapter in the book, Relation and Resistance: Racialized Women, Religion, and Diaspora.

Sep 28, 2021

Dr. Samuel’s published chapter can be found in the text under “Part Two: Women in Transnational Religious Communities.” Relation and Resistance (Eds. Sailaja Krishnamurti and Becky Lee) explores the stories and lives of racialized women connected with religious diaspora communities in Canada. Contributors from across disciplines show how women are conceptualizing traditions in transformative ways, challenging prevailing assumptions about diasporic religion as nostalgically entrenched in the past. The collected essays include chapters on feminist and queer women thinking critically about Hindu and Muslim identities and beliefs and challenging anti-Black racism and settler colonialism; Afro-Caribbean and Métis writers using literature to explore religion and belonging; the impact of women’s participation in Japanese, Chinese, and Pakistani transnational religious organizations; and marriage, migration, and gender equality in the Punjabi Sikh and Malayali Christian communities. The volume closes with a chapter exploring Métis diasporic experience and inviting readers to think critically about diasporic religion on Indigenous land.


To view more on Dr. Samuel’s chapter, and the entire text, please visit here.