Muslim Women and Power

Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies

  • Danièle Joly
  • Khursheed Wadia

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
    Pages 1-20
  3. Concepts and Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 23-46
    3. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 47-84
    4. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 85-120
  4. Muslim Women, Politics and Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 123-162
    3. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 163-196
    4. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 197-229
    5. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
      Pages 231-259
  5. Danièle Joly, Khursheed Wadia
    Pages 261-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-322

About this book


This book provides an account of Muslim women’s political and civic engagement in Britain and France. It examines their interaction with civil society and state institutions to provide an understanding of their development as political actors. The authors argue that Muslim women’s participation is expressed at the intersections of the groups and society to which they belong. In Britain and France, their political attitudes and behaviour are influenced by their national/ethnic origins, religion and specific features of British and French societies. Thus three main spheres of action are identified: the ethnic group, religious group and majority society. Unequal, gendered power relations characterise the interconnection(s) between these spheres of action. Muslim women are positioned within these complex relations and find obstacles and/or facilitators governing their capacity to act politically. The authors suggest that Muslim women’s interest in politics, knowledge of it and participation in both institutional and informal politics is higher than expected. This book will appeal to students and scholars of politics, sociology, gender studies and social anthropology, and will also be of use to policy makers and practitioners in the field of gender and ethno-religious/ethno-cultural policy.


political participation British Muslims French Muslims Britain France gendered politics politics and religion political actors

Authors and affiliations

  • Danièle Joly
    • 1
  • Khursheed Wadia
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.EHESS, MSHParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48061-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48062-0
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