Law and Legal Studies, University of Birmingham
This thesis will interrogate how the law and community policy regulates Muslim women’s spirituality. This will be illustrated through two substantive examples. Firstly, state bans on hijabs and niqabs globally demonstrate legal regulation of Muslim women’s spirituality through the policing of religious dress. Secondly, many mosques in the UK context do not provide space for Muslim women or where there is space, it is often inferior in size and quality to the men’s section. The religion of Islam stipulates and promotes ‘spiritual equality’ whereby salvation is not determined by gender but by the individual’s level of God-consciousness. Yet law and policy provides gendered barriers to Muslim women’s pursuit of God-consciousness that do not exist for Muslim men.
Sumaiyah Kholwadia, Intersectional Barriers Hindering the Effectiveness of the UK's Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, 2019 Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog (2019)
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