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The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Anabel Inge


The spread of Salafism—often called ‘Wahhabism’—in the West has intrigued and alarmed observers since 9/11. Many see it as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that subjugates women and fuels Jihadist extremism. According to this view, Salafi women—many of whom wear the niqab—are the unwilling victims of a patriarchal, fanatical version of Islam. Yet, in Britain, growing numbers of educated women—often converts or from less conservative Muslim backgrounds—are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s literalist beliefs and strict guidelines. These prescribe, for example, full veiling, wifely ... More

Keywords: Salafi, Salafism in Britain, niqab, Wahabbism, Salafi women, Islamic fundamentalism, young British Muslims, Muslim converts, Somali diaspora, Muslims in Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anabel Inge, author