British Muslim Women in the Cultural and Creative Industries

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Britain Muslim women are opening up new educational and career pathways across the UK, pioneering roles in digital media, fashion design and visual art. However, their contributions to the economy and culture are rarely the focus of media and government reports. Now, Saskia Warren draws on in-depth fieldwork with British Muslim women working in these roles, taking a narrative approach to look at how they frame their own everyday labour experiences.

Drawing on interviews, focus groups, activity diaries, and online digital and visual analysis, Warren explores how Muslim womanhood is variously celebrated, contested, resisted and subverted. From negotiating family expectations to encountering prejudice from education providers and employers, and from founding businesses to finding ways to respect religion in their creative work, these personal insights bring the struggles and successes of British Muslim women creatives to life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)9781474459334, 9781474459341
ISBN (Print)9781474459327, 9781474459310
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2022


  • creativity
  • labour
  • equality
  • equity
  • Muslim
  • gender
  • race
  • Islamophobia
  • education
  • fashion
  • visual arts
  • digital media
  • cultural geography

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Creative Manchester
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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