For Muslim Students, Life Changed After Sept. 11
While the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, reshaped the lives of many Americans, then-6-year-old Shayreen Izoli didn’t know at the time how much that event would change hers.
In middle school, this daughter of Syrian immigrants—raised without many of the Muslim traditions of her parents’ native country—was old enough to understand the largely negative public perception of followers of Islam. By then a devout Muslim, she began wearing a head scarf, the only one in her family to do so. She felt she had to become an ambassador for her culture and faith.
“The feeling that I have about 9/11 is betrayal. I feel very betrayed by [those] people who called themselves Muslim,” said Ms. Izoli, 16, of West Warwick, R.I. “As a Muslim in America, I’m paranoid all the time. I have...
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