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The feminist behind the veil: Experiences of Muslim women in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research builds upon Islamic feminism as an alternative mean to the typical Western way of perceiving feminism, when looking into the situation of Muslim women in Sweden through a qualitative field study. Moreover, this is linked to the discussion of gender equality and diversity which is on the agenda in the West due to contemporary migration flows. Semi-structured interviews are conducted for the purpose of highlighting Muslim women's own religious and cultural experiences concerning identity, freedom and gender roles, which are later connected to the academic debate regarding women in Islam and Islamic feminism. Additionally, interpretations of often discussed verses from the Qur'an on this topic are made during the interviews, also connected to the core of this research which is to explore the possibility of an identity formation with feminism and Islam coexisting among the interviewed women in Sweden, constituting the research gap. Hayward's theory of de-facing power is further applied to the findings and examples illustrate a tension between the different value systems when comparing the women's earlier experiences to current ones in Sweden, but that feminist understandings are visible and practiced to some extent. Summarized remarks include that further research is necessary and particularly with more interviewees which would enable more of a generalization, yet underlining that the situation among and for Muslim women differs. Nevertheless, it is through facilitating to meet each other and involve women in the society it is possible to achieve progress of a mutual understanding. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Islamic feminism, Sweden, Muslim, women, feminism
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60490OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60490DiVA, id: diva2:1071507
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
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Available from: 2017-02-06 Created: 2017-02-05 Last updated: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved

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