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Veiled ThreatsRepresenting the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses$
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Naaz Rashid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325178

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.001.0001

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A community of communities: privileging religion

A community of communities: privileging religion

(p.131) Six A community of communities: privileging religion
Veiled Threats

Naaz Rashid

Policy Press

This chapter develops the theme of ‘cultural barriers’. It analyses research participants’ views regarding religion as both a source of disadvantage as well as potential source of empowerment. It focuses on the theological interpretation work stream of the empowering Muslim women initiatives which looked at interpretations of the Quran which were more compatible with gender equality. This chapter discusses in depth the consequences of privileging religion to the exclusion of other salient factors, focusing on the experiences of religious discrimination and the impact of such privileging on solidarity with other BME women’s organisations. It explores how what might be considered collective but ‘secular’ forms of structural disadvantage arising from different class positions, for example, are obscured.

Keywords:   cultural barriers, theological interpretation, religion, the Quran, empowerment, religious discrimination

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