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A qualitative exploration of the meanings, reasons and perceptions of the hijab among young Muslim hijab wearing women in Greater Manchester

Khan, Hammera (2016) A qualitative exploration of the meanings, reasons and perceptions of the hijab among young Muslim hijab wearing women in Greater Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

"Building upon past research this study aimed to explore the meanings, reasons and perceptions of the hijab among young Muslim hijab wearing women in Greater Manchester. Six young Muslim hijab wearing women aged 19 to 23 participated in a semi-structured interview. Thematic analysis was conducted to analyse the interview transcripts, three themes emerged: 1. Avoiding sexual objectification. 2. Experiences of being stereotyped. 3. Hijab and the Importance of dressing modestly. The findings and literature review demonstrate, that for Muslim women living in a Muslim minority culture the hijab is seen as a feminist statement and a tool to exert control over their own bodies. Although, initially the hijab is worn for god, it is seen as a way of opposing the western societal norms and stereotypes attached to them. Limitations and implications of the research are discussed."

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