Impossible Futures: Why Women Leave American Muslim Communities while Men Stay

18 Jan 2023


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh:

Impossible Futures explains why Muslim communities are losing women and retaining men. Using a large sample of life history interviews with Muslim adults who grew up in the U.S., I argue that the community places its anxieties about cultural assimilation onto women’s shoulders, creating unintended pressures that drive them out. I avoid the trap of either orientalizing Muslim cultures by assuming that gender inequality is inherent in Islam or overcorrecting by ignoring signs of gender inequality among Muslims. Instead, I argue that gender inequality emerges from the structural and cultural tensions between migrant generations.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Michigan State University