This article examines existing literature and data from qualitative fieldwork with Muslim women in Britain to analyse their narratives of human rights and freedom, as they live within plural European contexts. In scared, securitised and polarised Europe, Muslim women have become visible markers of otherness. Each Muslim woman becomes a fulcrum upon which Western values and morality are measured against the ‘other’, its values, its beliefs and its choices. In exploring the implications of societal othering on Muslim women’s experiences of their human rights, this paper concludes that in social contexts that are polemical, becoming the other dehumanises Muslim women who thus become ineligible for ‘human’ rights. In such contexts, a human rights-based approach alone is insufficient to achieve ‘dignity and fairness’ in society. In addition to human rights, societies need robust and rigorous dialogue so that societal differences become part of a new mediated plural reality.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Religion & Human Rights|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Mar 2018|
- Muslim women
- Islamic Feminism
- religious freedom
- human rights
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