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would like to thank my advisor and thesis director, Dr.Jeffrey Kaufmann, as well as my other committee mem-bers, Dr. Bridget Hayden and Dr. James Flanagan, fortheir enduring patience, immense support and crucialadvice. I also owe thanks to Dr. Marie Danforth, myfirst graduate advisor, who encouraged me to follow myheart and pursue ethnography and whose enthusiasm wasthe initial reason I choose to attend The University of South-ern Mississippi, and Dr. Ed Jackson, who always provideduseful advice and allowed me to indulge my archaeologicalinterests. To my informants and their friends and family, whospent many hours talking with me and allowing me into theirlives, I owe much gratitude. It was only through their pa-tience and openness that I have been able to complete thisproject.
icholas VandenBroek, my husband, thankyou for making sure that I was alwaystaken care of and being attentive even when you would have rather talked aboutinsects and reptiles. To my parents, Johnand Annette Reikow, without your supportand encouragement, I would not have been able to succeed.Mom, your love, patience, work, and struggle have beenthe most powerful driving force in my life, thank you. I wouldlike to especially thank two teachers, Dr. Jan Brashler andMr. Dennis Ferry, who molded me as a student, anthropolo-gist, and individual in the classroom and beyond. Finally, tothe following people, Gregory Wood, Katherine Budzynski,and my sisters Mari Lynn, Kimberly and Elizabeth Reikow,I apologize for making you listen to me talk about Muslim women, identity, and practice endlessly over the last coupleof years, thank you for putting up with me.
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