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Sports: Europe
(1,594 words)

This entry explores Muslim women's participation in sports and other recreational physical activities in Europe. Due to the paucity of research, it focuses on recent immigrants from Muslim countries and their descendants living in Western Europe.

Generally speaking, Western European women have been involved in recreational physical activity and sports for a long time. Although women's participation has been increasing since the 1980s, girls and women are still less likely to participate in physical activity and sports than men. Fu…

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Walseth, Kristin, “Sports: Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0207b>
First published online: 2009

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