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How do religious beliefs impact economic inactivity among British-Pakistani Muslim women?

Khan, Asma 2023. How do religious beliefs impact economic inactivity among British-Pakistani Muslim women? Ethnic and Racial Studies 10.1080/01419870.2023.2231522
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This article explores the relationship between economic inactivity and religiosity. The aim of the analysis of qualitative data presented here is to examine whether, and how, religious beliefs impact on decisions British-Pakistani Muslim women make about economic activity. Analysis of interview data reveals that none of the interviewees held the belief that economic activity was impermissible (haram) for women in Islam. However, some interviewees held religiously-informed beliefs that paid employment was undesirable, with marked differences in attitudes to economic activity by both age and migrant generation. Alongside this, interviewee s described structural constraints to economic activity, for example, limited opportunities for well-paid, local, part-time work. Overall, religious beliefs emerge as significant in the lives of Muslim women because they allow them to make sense of, and find value in, their marginalised positions in relation to the labour market rather than as drivers of economic inactivity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Labour market inequalities, Muslim penalty, religion and the labour market, British Muslims in the labour market, religion and economic inactivity, British Muslim women
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1466-4356
Funders: Jameel Educational Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 September 2023
Date of Acceptance: 30 May 2023
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 16:01

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