Wisam Kh. Abdul-Jabbar is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. His primary research interests are in Intercultural Education, Multicultural Literature, Curriculum Theory, and Comparative Education. His previous articles have appeared in journals by Cambridge University Press, Duke University Press, California University Press and Routledge. Wisam is the author of "Negotiating Diasporic Identity in Arab-Canadian Students Double Consciousness, Belonging, and Radicalization" (Palgrave, Macmillan).
I was a full-time high school teacher in an Ontario Islamic school in 2008 when I noticed that my Arab Muslim students led lives of religious conformity at school that reflected their Islamic values at home but did not necessarily define their full selves.