Veiled Muslim women’s responses to experiences of gendered Islamophobia in the UK

Zempi, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-1719-8573, 2019. Veiled Muslim women’s responses to experiences of gendered Islamophobia in the UK. International Review of Victimology. ISSN 0269-7580

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Abstract

In a post-9/11 climate, Islamophobia has increased significantly in the UK and elsewhere in the West. ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in the UK as well as in France, Belgium, Germany and more recently in Sri Lanka have triggered an increase in verbal and physical attacks against Muslims. Drawing on intersectionality (as a nexus of identities that work together to render certain individuals as ‘ideal’ targets to attack), veiled Muslim women are likely to experience gendered Islamophobia in the cyber world but also in ‘real’ life due to the intersections between their ‘visible’ Muslim identity and gender performance. In the British context, although Islamophobia is recorded as a hate crime nationally, and misogyny is recorded as a hate crime locally in some police forces, veiled Muslim women are unlikely to report their experiences to the police. Drawing on qualitative interviews with Muslim women who wear the niqab (face veil), the purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which they respond to experiences of gendered Islamophobia as well as their reasons for not reporting their experiences to the police.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Review of Victimology
Creators: Zempi, I.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 23 September 2019
ISSN: 0269-7580
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0269758019872902DOI
1115488Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Aug 2019 14:56
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 08:56
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37457

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