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Muslim Women in the Economy
Development, Faith and Globalisation

ISBN 9780367207397
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the changing role of Muslim women in the economy in the twenty-first century. Sociological developments such as secular education, female-focused policies, national and global commitments to gender equality as well as contemporary technological advances have all served to shift and redefine the domestic and public roles of Muslim women, leading in many places to increases in workplace participation ¿and entrepreneurship. The volume investigates the contexts of these shifts and the experiences of women balancing faith and other commitments to actively engage in the economy in vastly different countries.

The book looks at how family codes and the understandings of Muslim male and female roles sit alongside social and economic advances and the increases in women partaking in the economy. ¿Within a globalised world, it also highlights the importance of the implementation of the current sustainable development priorities in the context of Muslim societies, including Sustainable Development Goal 5 that focuses on the vital role of women and their full participation in all areas of sustainable development.

With cases ranging from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, ¿Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya through to Spain, Bulgaria¿ and Australia, Muslim Women in the Economy will be of considerable interest to those studying, researching and interested in gender, development and religious studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Changing Prospects for Muslim Women in the Global Economy

Shamim Samani and Dora Marinova

Part 1 Gender Policies and Economic Participation

Chapter 1 Progressing in a Man’s World: Women’s Workforce Participation in Bangladesh

Shagufta M. Trishna, Amzad Hossain and Dora Marinova

Chapter 2 Gender Parity through the Saudi Vision 2030: Female Representation in English as a Foreign Language Textbooks

Abeer Saeed Alshahrani, Shamim Samani and Dora Marinova

Chapter 3 Cultural Assimilation Policies in Bulgaria and the Plight of Muslim Women

Silvia Lozeva, Dora Marinova, Shamim Samani, Kaloyan Tsvet¿kov, and Georgi Bardarov

Chapter 4 Leaving no one behind’: Analysing contexts of education and economic challenges for Muslim women in Northern Nigeria

Jesudunsin Osinaike and Shamim Samani

Chapter 5 What Hides Behind the Scarf: Iranian Women’s Participation in the Economy

Zahra Amrollahi and Dora Marinova

Part 2 Negotiating the Workplace

Chapter 6 Narratives of Empowerment: Female Domestic Workers in Karachi

Zehra Goawala

Chapter 7 Mediating between the Secular and the Religious: Strategies of Prominent Spanish Women of Moroccan Muslim Origins

Dina Bousselham and Juan Ignacio Castien Maestro

Chapter 8 Multilayered Workplace Discrimination Faced by Muslim Women in a Western Context

Derya Iner and Amina Baghdadi

Chapter 9 Being a Muslim Working Woman: Experiences of Australian Women of Pakistan Origin

Samina Yasmeen

Chapter 10 A Quest for Balance: Analyzing Layers of Consciousness Beneath a Muslim Woman’s Career Decisions

Aminah Mah

Part 3 Opportunities in the Global Economy

Chapter 11 Islamic Finance and Women-Focused Banking in Kenya

Shamim Samani

Chapter 12 The Influence of Religion on the Empowerment and Economic Mobility of Smallholder Women Dairy Farmers in Nigeria

Nathalie Gogue Ebo, Ifeoma Umunna and Jesudunsin Osinaike

Chapter 13 Education, Digital Enterprise and Islam in the Indonesian Modern Embedded Economy

Minako Sakai and Bhirawa Anoraga

Conclusion Muslim Women in the Economy: Looking Towards the Future

Shamim Samani and Dora Marinova


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Shamim Samani is a research fellow at the University of Western Australia and a lecturer at Curtin University, Australia.

Dora Marinova is a professor of Sustainability at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Australia.