Muslim Women Essay

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In society, there are some misconceptions about who Muslim women are and the identity they have. Through hasty generalizations, Muslim women are often depicted as being only Arab, figures of oppression, and being poles apart with everyone. Popular media fails to recognize the diversity in this group in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural norms, gender role, education attainment level, occupation and upbringing. I believe that the intersection of social inequalities in these identifying components has rendered Muslim women invisible in society.

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Race is defined as “groupings of people believed to share common descent, based on perceived innate physical similarities” (Morning 2005). Considering this definition, all the women in these pictures are Asian. Despite this exclusion, Muslim women may come from any of these racial groups: black, Asian, white, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian. This is contrary to society’s belief that Muslim is synonymous with Arab.

Muslim women may be from the same race but have different ethnicities or nationalities. An example is that two Muslim women could identify themselves as being Asian but one identifies her ethnicity as Yemeni and the other identifies herself as Syrian. Another example is when two women identify their race as black but one identifies her ethnicity as Gambian and another as Sudanese. This identification process becomes more complex when nationality is added to the equation. Due to the diaspora of people in the last half century, a person’s ethnicity may be dissimilar from their nationality. For example, in Cecile Thun’s Norwegianness as lived citizenship, there is a woman named Fatima who is Pakistani Norwegian (Thun, 2012). Fatima’s ethnicity is Pakistani while her nationality is Norwegian. Although she is Norwegian, people view as her being a foreigner. The intersection in her identity, being Pakistani, Muslim and Norwegian, causes the larger Norwegian society to view her as not being equal to the majority Norwegians (Thun, 2012). This belief may cause social inequalities to rise among the two groups.

There is the depiction of Muslim women being very different from people in society. Their hijab and other coverings put them worlds apart with the “normal” people. Consequently, this group is viewed as not being part of society or “not integrated” due to their differences. These differences could stem from conforming to their own cultural norms whether it be Islamic or not. For instance, not conforming to society’s cultural norms like drinking or attending...

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