1st Edition

Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation

Edited By Shamim Samani, Dora Marinova Copyright 2020
    254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    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.