On 18th December, Department of Social Work University of Peshawar in collaboration with Faculty of Social Work University of Calgary, Canada organized one day seminar on “Where do I belong? Western Muslim Youth and Identity Crisis”. The session formally started with the recitation of holy Quran by Mr. Tufail khan, student of the Department. Dr. M. Ibrar welcomed the honourable guest speaker Dr. Aamir Jamal.
The session was conducted on identity crises of Muslims in West particularly Canada. In the session the speaker discussed how religious leaders can play vital role in the construction of Muslim identity. Construction of identity is developed with four contexts: global conflict, religion, culture, and gender. Dr. Amir Jamal is an Associate Professor and International Social Development Coordinator at University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Amir Jamal shared his early reasearch which was based on gender issues.
In addition to global conflict and the polarization of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ have significant impacts on the negotiation of identity among muslims youth. Seminar was an interactive session which helped students in asking questions. Research helps the students to ask questions and build their critical and analytical skills. Speaker of the session also shared future plans and collabrative efforts of both the universities and encouraged students to apply for exchange and Master programs.