Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 22: Muslim women at work

Edwina Pio


Religious growth signifies multiple religions diffusing historically religious monopolies, and migration has resulted in growing populations of Muslims globally. Islam is the second-largest religion in the world. Muslim diasporic communities, as migrants, refugees, expatriates or business partners, are shaped in their existence and experiences by both their source country and their host country. Indeed, the usual negative images and stereotypes pertaining to Islam ignore Islam’s cultural and ideological heterogeneity. The presence of religiously observant employees can create conflict at work, particularly when these observances may mean praying five times a day or wearing a face covering. This chapter presents concepts pertaining to Muslim women and Islam with reference to work, followed by a theoretical framework where a model of careers and religion is developed. Next, international research in a broad swathe of countries is presented, and the final section consists of recommendations for organizations, policy-makers, government and education providers.

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