Discovering Ameena in Morocco: An Auto Ethnographic Study on Identity

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Three months ago I left my comfortable life in the swanky suburbs of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to embark on a life-changing journey. This journey took me all the way to Fes, Morocco. With a ninety-eight percent Muslim population who predominantly speak Arabic and French, Morocco was nothing, absolutely nothing, like my home. As expected, before leaving I questioned how my identity would be altered by this experience. More specifically, how stereotyping and cognitive dissonance would impact my identity in this foreign country. Having a multi-cultural upbringing as both a Pakistani Muslim and Caucasian Christian, this auto-ethnographic study was extremely important because I have been deeply affected by this unique heritage and not always in a positive manner. I chose Morocco because it is a culture so different from anything I had ever known would shed light and give answers on how biracial people can create an identity that suite all situations without compromising any aspect of themselves.



Identity, Muslim, Christianity, Ethnography, Multi-racial, Journey, Islam, Morocco, Travel, Stereotypes, Dissonance