New Publications from I-RSS: Muslim Organizations Policy Report and Literature Review on Canadian Muslim Themes

I-RSS is pleased to announce two new publications on our website, each of which are part of larger research studies conducted by primary researchers Fatima Chakroun and Nakita Valerio from 2021-2022. Muslim Organizations in Canada Policy Paper: Recommendations for Canadian Muslim Organizations Based on a Composite Picture Study by Fatima Chakroun is a companion policy piece to […]

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Why Qualitative Research Matters to Policy

Qualitative research is research that relies on data sources such as interviews, questionnaires, observation, text or image documents, artifacts and more. In other words, any kind of data that cannot be quantified, or measured in numerical terms. Qualitative research typically focuses on understanding concepts, perceptions, and experiences. For example, a quantitative study of the Muslim […]

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The future of quantitative research on Muslims in Canada?

Did you know that much of the statistical data on Muslims in Canada that researchers have to work with comes from just a few main sources? Most of the quantitative data we use comes from Statistics Canada and a few large-scale surveys. Each of these sources has provided the data for many high quality studies, […]

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Introducing the Religious & Socio-Political Studies Journal

I-RSS is excited to launch the first issue of the Religious & Socio-political Studies Journal this summer. This interdisciplinary, academic journal fills an important need for scholarly research about Muslims, for Muslims and often by Muslims. It also represents a step forward for I-RSS in support of our mission to produce original and relevant research […]

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How to hire I-RSS to do research for your organization

I-RSS conducts research for all kinds of organizations serving Muslim communities. Whether there is a specific question that needs an answer, or a general topic of importance to your organization, I-RSS can work with you to develop the right research project for your needs.  When should I approach I-RSS about my project? Right at the […]

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Muslim Organizations Must Base Policy on Research: Here’s Why

Muslim organizations serve a diverse and evolving community. They play an important role in the lives of Muslim Canadians, fulfilling needs not met by non-Muslim organizations and services. As such it is essential that these organizations be responsive to their communities and keep their programs and policies current and relevant. Relevant, original academic research supports […]

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Why We Need Muslim Researchers for Muslim Subjects

“We cannot fight for our rights, our history as well as our future until we are armed with weapons of criticism and dedicated consciousness.” (Edward Said) “Agency has become a catch word. In a way, this intoxication with ‘agency’ is the product of liberal individualism. The ability of individuals to fashion themselves, to change their […]

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Call for Papers: Navigating Place as Muslims in Canada

CALL FOR PAPERS Navigating Place as Muslims in Canada In “Wisdom Sits on Places” from Senses of Place, Keith H. Basso argues that “the self-conscious experience of place is inevitably a product and expression of the self whose experience it is, and therefore, unavoidably, the nature of that experience is shaped at every turn by […]

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