Examining the global experiences, challenges and achievements of Muslim women participating in physical activities and sport,
this important new study makes a profound contribution to our understanding of both contemporary Islam and the complexity
and diversity of women's lives in the modern world. The book presents an overview of current research into constructs of gender,
the role of religion and the importance of situation, and looks closely at what Islam has to say about women's participation
in sport and what Muslim women themselves have to say about their participation in sport. It highlights the challenges and
opportunities for women in sport in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries, utilizing a series of extensive case-studies in
various countries which invite the readers to conduct cross-cultural comparisons. Material on Iraq, Palestine and Bosnia and
Herzegovina provides rare insights into the impact of war on sporting activities for women. The book also seeks to make important
recommendations for improving access to sport for girls and women from Muslim communities.
Muslim Women and Sport confronts
many deeply held stereotypes and crosses those commonly quoted boundaries between 'Islam and the West' and between 'East and
West'. It makes fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the interrelationships between sport, religion, gender,
culture and policy.