Muslim Women in Southern Spain between Discrimination and Empowerment


Muslim women
Southern Spain

How to Cite

Dietz, G., & El-Shohoumi, N. (1). Muslim Women in Southern Spain between Discrimination and Empowerment. Al-Raida Journal, 21-27.


In the last two decades, Spain has experienced a remarkable increase in its immigrant population (Cornelius,2004), of which North Africans make up a significant percentage. Concurrent and concomitant to this increase, since the end of the Franco regime, a strong tendency for conversion to the Islamic religion has been observable in Andalusian cities like Granada and Cordoba. In the face of these two phenomena, anti-Islamic and anti-“Moorish” attitudes reflecting the combination of ethnical, religious, and nationalist dimensions of discriminationnow prevail amongst large segments of the Spanish public. These attitudes are deeply-rooted and can be interpretedin one sense as historically transmitted stigmatizations of “the other”.


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