New report highlights abuse of Muslim women

No-mosque.svgA new report  into the experience and impact of anti-Muslim hatred on British Muslim women, by Chris Allen, Arshad Isakjee and Ozlem Ogtem Young, has been released by the University of Birmingham. The report, based on interviews with 20 Muslim women and produced in association with Muslim hate crime monitor Tell MAMA,  found that in 80 per cent of cases women are targeted because of wearing Muslim dress, a headscarf, niqab or full-face veil.

In the worst of the cases highlighted by the report, a pregnant woman, referred to as ‘Rachel’, was run over:

[After verbally abusing Rachel] the driver got out of his car and started to punch her husband. With him lying on the ground the perpetrator got back in his car, and drove at her, running her over. Rachel could not move quickly enough out of the way, being heavily pregnant. ‘It doesn’t matter how white you are,’ Rachel said. ‘He called me a fucking Paki bastard.’

The full report can be accessed here. Jessica Elgot, of the Huffington Post, summarises the main findings here, while Allen reflects on the research here. The Guardian has also published an article on the report focusing on the finding that 58 per cent of victims of anti-Muslim prejudice are women. A map of recent attacks on mosques in the UK produced by Tell MAMA can be found here.

Fiyaz Mughal, Tell MAMA’s founder, writes about his organisation’s work in an article for Public Spirit here.


The image of the ‘no mosques’ sign in included courtesy of Albert Mestre and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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