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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Limits and potentialities of the Italian and British political systems through the lens of Muslim women in politics

Limits and potentialities of the Italian and British political systems through the lens of Muslim women in politics

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(p.163) Chapter 9 Limits and potentialities of the Italian and British political systems through the lens of Muslim women in politics
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Alessia Belli

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0009

Muslim women activists, who struggle against, on the one hand, stereotypical perceptions of Muslim women while also having to cope with traditions of male social dominance in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities, find it especially difficult to work in and be recognised as part of the European environment. This chapter analyses the growing political visibility of Muslim women in Italy and the UK. The lens of gender offers a privileged insight into the two political systems and stimulates an interesting debate on national identity. The study sets out to counter mainstream research approaches on Muslims in Europe that focus on deviant behaviours and terrorism-related issues. Instead of blindly following the ‘domestication of Islam’ agenda pursued by many European governments, this research looks at and tries to understand the interesting dynamics involving Muslims that are taking place across Europe.

Keywords:   Muslims, Women, Stereotypes, United Kingdom, Italy, Political activists

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