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Freedom of Expression: United States
(1,427 words)

Muslim women struggle against demeaning stereotypical images depicting them as incapable of being productive elements in society. They often find themselves confronting cultural trends within the Muslim community that hold them to a high standard of moral discipline yet deny them any significant role in shaping the future of their own community. But Muslim women are diverse along lines of ethnicity, religious attitude, and occupation. Their experiences and views on gender and freedom of expression issues are even more complex.

Muslim women wearing ḥijāb , the attire that varies…

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Nimer, Mohamed, “Freedom of Expression: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0081f>
First published online: 2009

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