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 Tsvetkov, 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
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
Chapter 10 A Quest for Balance: Analyzing Layers of Consciousness Beneath a Muslim Woman’s Career Decisions
Part 3 Opportunities in the Global Economy
Chapter 11 Islamic Finance and Women-Focused Banking in Kenya
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
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.