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Based on the findings and experiences from my British Academy and Leverhulme Trust funded project on the women in Britains earliest Muslim communities, this paper considered the role and relevance of historical approaches within the Sociology of Religion. In both contemporary and historical contexts, Muslim women’s life experiences are shaped by their diversity identity positions and social contexts - race, social class and economic status all intersect in the formation of their religious identities and experience of religious life. A feminist-intersectional lens is an essential aspect of this project. Through discussions of its findings, this paper will consider the significance of this lens within the Sociology of Religion.