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A Bicultural Researcher's Reflections on Ethical Research Practices With Muslim Immigrant Women

Merging Boundaries and Challenging Binaries

Salma, Jordana MN; Ogilvie, Linda PhD; Keating, Norah PhD; Hunter, Kathleen F. PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000170
Family and Community Health

Bicultural researchers are well positioned to identify tensions, disrupt binaries of positions, and reconcile differences across cultural contexts to ensure ethical research practices. This article focuses on a bicultural researcher's experiences of ethically important moments in research activities with Muslim immigrant women. Three ethical principles of respect, justice, and concern for welfare are highlighted, revealing the implications of binary constructions of identity, the value of situated knowledge in creating ethical research practices, and the need to recognize agency as a counterforce to oppressive narratives about Muslim women.

Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Correspondence: Jordana Salma, MN, 9-503J, 10700-104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, City Centre Campus Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2, Canada (

The authors thank all the inspiring and strong women who participated in this study.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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