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Bowes and Domokos (1993) South Asian women and health services: A study in Glasgow Bowes and Domokos (1993) examined the healthcare experience of a selection of Glasgow’s South Asian women (mostly of Punjabi origin). They investigate the women’s own experiences through interviews. The authors also discuss the experiences of the women’s families. A number of issues emerged, such as a necessity for greater translation assistance and a need to challenge discrimination and stereotyping within health service delivery; the study stresses the importance of accessing the unheard voices of this minority group by focusing centrally on their concerns over healthcare. Although the study focused on a specific ethnic minority group and dates from the 1990s, it suggests additional areas for further research and its key finding is significant: rather than cultural barriers it is the healthcare system and occurrence of racism which inhibit full access to healthcare services for South Asian women in Glasgow. Read More Visit site £ TCN Glasgow City Journal article
Hopkins (2009) Responding to the ‘crisis of masculinity’: the perspectives of young Muslim men from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland This study by Hopkins (2009) examines the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debate around masculinity. The author reveals how issues such as social class, family expectation and the young men’s own interests are part of an intricate set of issues which inform their response to questions of masculinity. The study is a welcome addition to the literature on an under-researched group within a context that is more often than not centred on the experiences of white working class youth and young black men. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender see Hopkins (2004) which examines the complexity of national identity for young Scottish Muslim men, Siraj (2009) which explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender; Siraj (2010) on how Muslim couples employ religion in reproduction of patriarchal family structures and gendered identities and Siraj (2014) who explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh Journal article
Siraj (2010) “Because I’m the man! I’m the head”: British married Muslims and the patriarchal family structure This study by Siraj (2010) explores how married Muslim couples in Glasgow employ religion in to reproduce patriarchal family structures and gendered identities. Siraj (2010) examines participants’ views of such hierarchal structures. The author also explores how, as husband and wife, the couples negotiate their roles and how the role of ‘head of the family’ is constructed. The author reviews previous studies of Muslim masculinities in a UK context and includes clarification of the meaning of sex, gender and masculinity for the respondents. The research also seeks to understand how respondents differentiate gender roles accordingly. The author identifies the Qur’an as the source for the justification for the dominant position of men in the Muslim family unit and an interesting discussion on these discourses is included in this paper. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender, see also Hopkins (2004), Hopkins (2009), Siraj (2009), Siraj (2011a), and Siraj (2014). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2011a) Isolated, invisible, and in the closet: The life story of a Scottish Muslim This study by Siraj (2011a) examines sexuality and Islam against the backdrop of life in Glasgow. In recent years, much research on lesbian identity and male homosexuality within an Islamic context has been published. Siraj (2009) explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender, Siraj (2014) explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity and Hopkins (2009) presents related research. Yet research combining Islam and lesbian sexuality has been noticeably absent. Consequently, Siraj (2011a) responds to this research gap publishing an account of the life experiences of a Scottish Muslim lesbian woman living in Glasgow. The account sheds light on an important, hitherto untold and often hidden story. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2011b) Meanings of modesty and the hijab amongst Muslim women in Glasgow, Scotland Siraj (2011b) provides a fascinating insight into debate surrounding the wearing of the hijab by Muslim women in Glasgow. The debate centres around whether or not the hijab is an obligatory part of Islamic dress for women. The issue is contested by Muslim feminists and traditional Muslim scholars. In addition, the author explores the meanings Muslim women in Glasgow attach to the hijab and modesty. Data is collected though interviews with female Muslim respondents half of whom did not wear the hijab. The study delivers some interesting findings, principally that both wearers and non-wearers of the hijab expressed consensus on the value of the hijab in relation to female modesty. Respondents were, however, divided on the issue of whether or not the hijab is a necessary piece of clothing. This study by Siraj (2011b) places the topic within a distinctly Scottish context and reveals the central importance of the concept of space to veiling practices. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Journal article