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‘The Whole Concept of Social Cohesion, I Thought, “This Is So Qur’anic”’: Why Australian Muslim Women Work to Counter Islamophobia

School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne 3800, Australia
Academic Editor: Kathleen McPhillips
Religions 2022, 13(7), 670; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070670
Received: 29 May 2022 / Revised: 18 July 2022 / Accepted: 18 July 2022 / Published: 21 July 2022
Islamophobia is on the rise in many Western countries, and while previous research has considered the causes of Islamophobia and the impact it has on its victims, little research has investigated the attitudes and experiences of Muslims who are working to counter Islamophobia, and particularly those of Muslim women. This research investigates the motivations and intentions of Australian Muslim women who run public engagement events for non-Muslims to counter Islamophobia and build social cohesion. Data were obtained via in-depth interviews with 31 Sunni, Shia, Ahmadiyya Muslim women in four Australian capital cities. The three main themes that emerged were that the women wanted to connect with the non-Muslims who attended the events, create positive social change, and increase the knowledge that non-Muslims had about Islam and Muslims. Significantly, the women said that their most important motivator was their faith, and they rejected the idea that they were doing such work to appease non-Muslims. Instead, they saw work was an affirmation of their identity as Muslim women and their commitment to God. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islam; Muslim; women; Islamophobia; social cohesion; gender Islam; Muslim; women; Islamophobia; social cohesion; gender
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Carland, S. ‘The Whole Concept of Social Cohesion, I Thought, “This Is So Qur’anic”’: Why Australian Muslim Women Work to Counter Islamophobia. Religions 2022, 13, 670. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070670

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Carland S. ‘The Whole Concept of Social Cohesion, I Thought, “This Is So Qur’anic”’: Why Australian Muslim Women Work to Counter Islamophobia. Religions. 2022; 13(7):670. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070670

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Carland, Susan. 2022. "‘The Whole Concept of Social Cohesion, I Thought, “This Is So Qur’anic”’: Why Australian Muslim Women Work to Counter Islamophobia" Religions 13, no. 7: 670. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070670

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