Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This research study gives an overview of Somali culture and religion, and immigration to Minnesota. The study is based on quantitative research and qualitative data from interviews with five Somali Muslim women (aged 20-39) in the secular work setting. The study was conducted to learn about the experience of Somali women in the workplace relative to their religious practices. The women expressed some alienation but not discrimination in the workplace. This study provides valuable information for leaders and employers who employ Somalis. If the leadership of an organization has knowledge of the typical conflicts that might occur with Somalis in the workplace, the conflicts might be avoided. If an organization has basic knowledge about the Somali religion (Islam), religious based discrimination lawsuits can be prevented. The thesis will be a resource in understanding the Somali culture and will help assist employers in advocating a diverse work staff.


SC 11.MAL.2005.Morland.MR