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Scotland's MuslimsSociety, Politics and Identity$
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Peter Hopkins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427234

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427234.001.0001

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Gender and Migration

Gender and Migration

The Role of the ‘Other’ Woman in Shaping the Subjectivities of Recent Muslim Migrant Women to Scotland

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Scotland's Muslims

Rebecca Syswerda

Edinburgh University Press

While much of the literature about Muslim identities has tended to focus on British-born Muslims in densely populated ‘Muslim’ localities, the experiences of Muslim migrants living outside such localities have been largely overlooked. This leaves unanswered questions about the role of ‘other’ women – that is, women from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds – in shaping Muslim migrant women’s sense of self and their attitudes towards post-migration life. This chapter seeks to address this oversight by exploring the ways in which recent Muslim migrant women to Scotland construct new identities in relation to the ‘other’ women whom they encounter in their post-migration, everyday lives, including friends, neighbours and local community members. Thus, this chapter steps off from what is now a ‘relatively widespread understanding of the self as a relational achievement’ (Conradson and McKay, 2007: 167).

Keywords:   Woman, ‘other’, Muslim, Migrant

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