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Muslims in IrelandPast and Present$
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Oliver Scharbrodt, Tuula Sakaranaho, Adil Hussain Khan, Yafa Shanneik, and Vivian Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696888

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696888.001.0001

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Muslim Women in Ireland

Muslim Women in Ireland

(p.193) Chapter 8 Muslim Women in Ireland
Muslims in Ireland

Yafa Shanneik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the experiences of Muslim women, both migrants and converts, in Ireland. For migrant Muslim women an attachment to the particular cultural understanding of Islam in their countries of origin is dominant. Irish converts likewise do not constitute a monolithic entity but also espouse various understandings of Islam, from Salafism to cultural definitions of Islam of the converts’ spouses. This part discusses how Muslim women of different ethnic and national backgrounds and socio-economic and educational status relate to and interact with Irish society. The different types of “diaspora spaces” Muslim women carve out in Irish society are examined. The nature of these spaces depends on the sectarian-cum-ideological orientations (Salafi, Ikhwani, Shii etc.) and the reasons for migration and settlement (asylum, education, professional training, labour migration etc.) of these women.

Keywords:   gender and Islam, Muslim women, conversion, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, Muslim Brotherhood, Salafism

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