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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I-RSS Internship Program: Fostering Leadership Through Arts and Social Sciences Research

The I-RSS internship program fosters the next generation of social science and humanities researchers, advocates and policy leaders. The program supports our overarching mission to create original and relevant research, and space for outreach, advocacy and discussion on issues affecting Muslims in North America.  I-RSS interns are undergraduate students in the social sciences and humanities. […]

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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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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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I-RSS Participates in Islamophobia and Secularism Conference at University of Alberta

The past two days have been wonderful as I-RSS participated in the Chester Ronning Centre International Fellows Conference on “Islamophobia and/in Post-Secular States” at University of Alberta. I-RSS Executive Director/Founder Khaled AlQazzaz and Research Director Nakita Valerio presented on Approaches to Disrupting Islamophobia in Canada. The discussions had during the conference were brilliant for balancing […]

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I-RSS Work Featured in SMS Magazine!

Two initiatives that I-RSS was honoured to be involved with were featured in the inaugural issue of SMS (Supporting Muslim Students) magazine – which arrived just in time for Islamic Heritage Month this October! The two initiatives featured were our 2020 Muslim youth study, funded by the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), and Islam Awareness […]

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Policy Report Publication on Muslim Youth in Canada

“Lessons from Examining Canadian Muslim Youth Challenges and Pathways to Resilience” by Khaled Al Qazzaz and Nakita Valerio is a companion policy piece to two full study articles (publication forthcoming). Muslim youth in Canada face daily challenges which impact their sense of identity and belonging, their mental health and well-being, and their faith. After 72 […]

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