Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond: Experiences by H. A. Jawad, Tansin Benn

By H. A. Jawad, Tansin Benn

The booklet explores ways that Muslim girls are portrayed, along their studies of being Muslim and a part of a predominantly western tradition. It engages with Muslim girls dwelling predominantly within the uk, with contributions from different international locations resembling Australia, the United States and Sweden. spiritual prejudice is an immense subject matter that permeates the publication, delivering empirical proof of how within which islamophobia and visual symbols, akin to the hijab, impact existence reports and perceptions of Muslim ladies negatively. bills of the effect of discrimination on existence possibilities and possibilities are shiny. The e-book recounts ways that the ladies cope in hard diasporic contexts and concludes with suggestions for optimistic switch. The textual content should be relatively invaluable to someone attracted to problems with gender, faith and ethnicity, together with scholars, employers, politicians and pros.

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Swidler, L. : The Scarecrow Press. Versi, A. (1998) Muslim women win racism case, Q-News, 28 August. Wadud, A. (2000) Alternative Quranic Interpretation and the Status of Muslim Women, in: Webb, G. ) Windows of Faith: Muslim women scholar-activities, New York: Syracuse University Press. Yaqub, S. (1998) Forced to eat the forbidden fruit, The Muslim News, January. —— (1999) Domestic violence in the Muslim community, The Muslim News, June. benn-jawad/f1/prelims 11/5/02 2:05 PM Page xii xii This page intentionally left blank benn-jawad/f3/18-37 11/6/02 11:25 AM Page 19 19 CHAPTER TWO MUSLIM WOMEN: SOME WESTERN FICTIONS Irene Donohoue Clyne Introduction One of the most commonly used images in western representations of Islam and Islamic culture is the veiled woman.

I do feel strongly that much needs to be said about the way some of our men treat their women. Their behaviour and language is appalling, and their abuse of Islam is frequent and shocking” (The Muslim News, 2000:5). Under such circumstances, Muslim Asian women tend to lose their self esteem, self-respect and self-confidence. I can still remember the day when one of my female Muslim students came to my office ask­ ing me to help her to build up some confidence: “teach me to be as confident as you are” she said, an example of mental and emo­ tional vulnerability.

The situations described above are not new but are rooted in his­ tory and are the product of a complex interplay of social, political, economic, geographic and religious factors. The remainder of the chapter will trace a historical and contemporary overview of the experiences of Muslim women in western society, with particular emphasis on Britain. The purpose is to offer historical understand­ ing, which is essential to interpretation of today’s events, such as those recounted above and in the rest of the book.

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