Muslim Women in Britain, 1850-1950: 100 Years of Hidden History

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Editor), Jamie Gilham (Editor)

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The history of British Islam and British Muslims is a growing area of interest among historians and the general public. But, whilst Muslim women have featured in some research, their lives and experiences prior to the present day have remained obscure, if not ‘hidden’, in both academic and popular discussion. Uncovering Muslim women’s experiences and contributions to society in past generations is essential for us to build a full picture of Muslim life in Britain, then and now.

This is the first book to address that gap, telling the stories of Muslim women who lived in Britain between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, from Victorian times to the years immediately after the Second World War—just before immigration profoundly affected the size and composition of Britain’s Muslim communities. It reveals a rich variety of experiences, including Muslim women who travelled to or away from Britain, and many who converted to Islam within the British Isles.

Underpinned by feminist historical approaches, this groundbreaking book aims to make women visible where they have been hidden from or within history. Its fascinating accounts will reinstate Muslim women as actors, storytellers and storymakers who have shaped the history of Britain and of ‘British Islam’.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHurst & Co
Number of pages328
ISBN (Print)9781805260400
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2023


  • Muslim Women
  • History
  • united kingdom
  • Britain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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