Muslim Women Pledge to a New Kind of Sorority

March 13, 2006

Source: Black and White Online

On March 13, 2006 Black and White Online reported, "When University of Kentucky junior Arwa Abualsoud entered college, she sought out a community that would accept her socially conservative Muslim beliefs. Three years later, she joined America’s first and only Islamic-based sorority, Gamma Gamma Chi. But her membership in a sorority didn’t bring her into a non-stop party; she still prays five times a day, wears a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, and avoids fraternizing with males. Membership in Gamma Gamma Chi offers Muslim women an alternative to traditional sorority life that respects their religious beliefs. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the year-old sorority aims to join the National Panhellenic Conference and establish chapters of the sorority nationwide by 2015. After UKY, another chapter will open in the fall at University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus and Islamic college students from fourteen states, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, have e-mailed co-founder Althia Collins requesting a chapter at their university... [Co-founder Imani] Abdul-Haqq says Gamma Gamma Chi will help eliminate misconceptions of sorority girls by focusing on traditions of community service and sisterhood... Induction of Gamma Gamma Chi to regular campus Greek life will also squash negative stereotypes of Muslim women while promoting tolerance, Abdul-Haqq says."

See also: Islam, Women, Campus