Muslim Women in Britain
Fig. 1. Muslim Women in Britain. Courtesy of Routledge, 2012.

Routledge published a new book titled "Muslim Women in Britain: De-Mystifying the Muslimah" written by Sariya Contractor.

Publication Data

Contractor, Sariya. Muslim Women in Britain: De-Mystifying the Muslimah. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-415-66996-2.


Perceptions of Muslim women in Western society have been shaped by historical and sociological conditions such as colonialism, patriarchy and Orientalism. In Muslim Women in Britain, Sariya Contractor seeks to reinstate the Muslimah as a storyteller who tells her own story.

An exploration of the lives of British Muslim women, this book examines issues of femininity, Britishness, inter-communal relations and social cohesion. Presenting the reader with incisive narratives of Muslim women on familiar topics such as the hijab, Muslim women in the media and feminist debate, particularly in a Western context, Sariya Contractor makes a valuable contribution to the existing literature on Islamic studies, social anthropology, feminist philosophy and social cohesion.

Presenting a complex and nuanced retelling of Muslim women’s realities as explored through their own voices, stories and experiences; this book will be of interest to scholars and students of Islamic studies, Women’s studies, Social Anthropology and Sociology seeking a fresh perspective on Muslim women in Britain.

Table of Contents

Part I: Giving Voice 
1. The Historicity of Modern Stereotypes 
2. Working with Muslims (Women): Methodological Possibilities 
Part II: Taking Voice 
3. Islam versus Muslim Culture: The Muslim Woman's voice 
4. “Ain’t I a Woman?”: 'Constructing' Muslim Women 
5. Women’s Narratives of the Hijab 
6. Islamic Feminisms 
7. Metaphors, Muslim Women and 'the Media' 
Part III: Hearing Voice 
8. Challenging 'Muslim Women' Stereotypes: "She’s Just Like My Friend Bess" 
9. Feminine Universality? Muslim Sisters in the Sisterhood 
10. Muslim Women in pluralist Britain: Dialogue, Understanding and Shared Britishness
Summary and Conclusion

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