Muslims on Wall Street, Bridging Two TraditionsO
This is a fascinating article from the NY Times featuring some of the cultural differences that Muslims face on Wall Street. It talks about the difficulty of working those long hours during Ramadan, the difference between what happens on Wall Street and Islamic Finance, and the general social differences between certain believers of Islam and their colleagues on the Street.
Young Muslims, one of the newest groups to make inroads in American finance, can face steep barriers to entry. Some obstacles are remnants of a less tolerant era. But prominent, too, are the limitations of Islam itself — a faith whose tenets, Muslim workers say, often seem at odds with Wall Street’s sometimes bacchanalian culture. “I’m always the one drinking Diet Coke at happy hour,” Mr. Iqbal said.
So are there any Muslim monkeys or "muppies" (see article) out there on WSO? Has your religion ever affected your relationships with your colleagues or affected your work?