Media hegemony, activism and identity: Muslim women re-presenting Muslim women

Document Type

Book Chapter


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / Centre for Security Research




Aly, A. (2009). Media hegemony, activism and identity: Muslim women re-presenting Muslim women. In Beyond the Hijab Debates: New Conversations on Gender, Race and Religion (pp. 18-31). Cambridge Scholars Press.


Headscarves in schools. Ethnic gang rapists. Domestic violence in Indigenous communities. Polygamy. Sharia law. It seems that in public debates around the world, concerns about marginalised communities often revolve around issues of gender and women’s rights. Yet all too often, discussions about complex matters are reduced to simplistic debates such as “hijab: to ban or not to ban?” or “Muslim women: oppressed or liberated?”. This collection provides a space for in-depth analyses on the politics of gender, race and religion. As well as critical reflections on images and experiences of Muslim women, chapters also explore the relationships between gender, violence and protection, and offer innovative possibilities for intellectual and practical understandings at the intersection of gender, race and religion. Essential reading for scholars and students of gender and women’s studies, cultural studies, racial and ethnic studies, religious studies and an educated public interested in understanding the challenges and possibilities of tackling both racism and the oppression of women.